Letter to Editor: Chris Coughlin’s Victory Can Be a Very Positive Change for Johns Creek
While the majority does still lie with the FOUR who endorsed Coughlin’s opponent, the Council conversations during the Work Sessions and City Council meetings are in the eyes of the Public. I hope that the right questions are asked so that we can get the answers on the record before us. We will be watching. One of the FOUR, if they are listening to the points of view presented, will hopefully change their perspective and vote accordingly.
I look forward to the discussions on traffic, our so called Intelligent Traffic Lights, actual traffic data, why we cannot work to improve the performance of underperforming intersections, as well as other opportunities within the world of transportation and commuting in and around Johns Creek.
I look forward to an honest and frank discussion on business taxes, and the reduction of taxes for ALL Johns Creek businesses, as well as the reduction in regulations that do not add anything but challenges to business operations. This is a conversation Coughlin started in 2015 and unfortunately, has not gone very far without Coughlin, despite the efforts of Council Member Endres.
Johns Creek is indeed a great City, and I know Coughlin believes this. Coughlin’s approach to problem solving is not a product of Group Think, but a product of Critical Thinking. I look forward to seeing the results of that Critical Thinking because defining the problems first and then pursuing the best solutions will yield better solutions than what we have been doing in the past: Starting with a solution preferred by a few on the Council and then working backwards to justify it.
To the Four that endorsed Coughlin’s opponent- Are you listening? You represent the same electorate that overwhelmingly voted Chris Coughlin to join you on the Council. Coughlin did not run a negative campaign. Coughlin ran on the issues and offered solutions. Coughlin’s policies and principles for good governance were stated and discussed. Solving traffic issues, protecting the residents against higher density developments, reducing business taxes for all businesses, and doing it at the lowest possible cost to residents(even if they could afford to pay more) are the types of Council decisions we seek.
What are you going to do with that information the voters have just provided to you? Work against Coughlin’s clearly successful campaign based on ideas and supported by the voters of Johns Creek? Or join with him and others and help keep Johns Creek the great city it is for the residents of Johns Creek? I encourage you to each take a step back, and truly listen to the conversations and discussions that we will see occur during the work sessions and the City Council meetings. Challenge your own beliefs on what is going on in Johns Creek and where we are heading.
If you can have your beliefs challenged and at the end of the conversation, you still believe that is what best, then so be it. But if you have your beliefs challenged and discover a better way, then I hope you take that opportunity and change your mind. By doing so, all of Johns Creek will benefit, including yourselves.
The choice is yours. We are watching.