Published Sunday, December 23, 2012
Editor’s note: On Dec. 16 we asked readers “What are the major issues facing our community” as we end 2012 and look ahead to 2013. Here are some of the responses we got from readers.
-- Plain and simple ... Getting more white collar jobs, that bring dollars with them for economic and cultural growth.
-- We need better traffic enforcement in our county. Why not put some deputy’s on motorcycles.
-- We have a large county and for a large portion of our community (elderly and working poor) getting to the places they need to be is nearly impossible.
-- I worry about the spike in violent crime the past couple of years. Local jobs definitely need to be created. We have enough big box stores and strip malls. We need more industry, manufacturing and service related businesses. I’ve been in the electrical supply industry selling to contractors for nearly 20 years and had to go to Atlanta when I moved here.
-- Drivers not using turn signals, cutting in front of you and texting, you name it.
-- I don’t like the increase in crime I’ve seen in the last year in Newnan.
-- Our public schools are the biggest problem by far.
-- The biggest issue is job creation. We have taxes, impact fees and building codes that other areas do not have, and it is an undue burden on small business. We need the county and Newnan to work together on where they want to require up-scale shopping and offices and where they want people to be able to affordably open a small business. We also need our elected officials to remain firm on limiting sewer capacity to promote economic development and limit it to serve residential development in very confined areas -- in the existing cities is a great idea. Once we expand sewer to the undeveloped areas of Coweta County, we had better hold on. We will never be able to turn back.
-- We need to address transportation and improving the flow of traffic. As all these wonderful things happen, our roads need to support the growth.
-- Over the years, we have entrusted many things to our governments. Our government services are in disarray. One hand doesn’t know what the other is doing. We need to either get our officials on track to do their jobs or start bringing control back to local authority. Then perhaps we can hold people accountable.
-- Growth will come our way no matter what we think -- so we have to plan for it properly and take advantage of it. Proper zoning and beautification programs go a long way. Building up our downtown -- our greatest asset -- will work too.
-- We need to add a network of bike paths in our community.
-- As we keep growing, all of us need to come together by respecting each other, being civilized and caring. Slowly we have been losing the Southern hospitality mindset. As a five-year resident of Newnan, I know quite a bit about Newnan but not much about the rest of Coweta County. What I see is a lot of division here. A divided community will some day become a failed community. Our city leaders need to show better leadership in uniting all the people. All of us live here because we like it here. Finally, our law enforcement needs to be more aggressive in light of an increase in crime. A bank robbery across from the police building is easy to understand because the bad guys see our law enforcement as lax. Being proactive is good. These days, across the U.S., law enforcement is generally reactionary and that in itself is a problem.