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Putting the Cart Before the Horse?

Propeller Airports announced Aug. 29 that resumes are now being collected in anticipation of the County leadership moving forward the privatization of Briscoe Field.

On Aug. 29, Propeller Airports issued a

The “historic economic development project” is the controversial . Last week, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners from firms interested in privatizing the airport.

said his objective, should Propeller be the company selected by the county to privatize Briscoe Field, would be to try and fill jobs locally.

“With close to and over 35,000 people searching for jobs right here in Gwinnett, there is certainly no shortage of qualified, quality people that would like nothing more than to get back to work,” Smith said in a released statement.

The article detailing the announcement has generated numerous contents with the majority expressing skepticism of Propeller’s motives:

  • I wonder why the other two interested companies haven't been heard from?? Looks to me like they don't stand a chance. Here again...what does the BOC know that we don"t? Propeller seems pretty darned confident...wonder why???? – A. McNeil
  • And you don't think something shady is going on? I'd be investigating now before it's too late. – DaculaWeather
  • This has a bad odor to it and every time I read it the stench gets worse. I believe this is a marketing sham concocted by Propeller Investments to influence public opinion in their favor. Either that or we have some underhanded back room dealing going on and corruption with our BOC. The RFP hasn't even been let yet. It seems pretty devious to be touting a bunch of employment opportunities at this stage. Hello Danny Porter, are you out there? – Hugh C.
  • The press release referred to is WAY out of order in the total process. Ever heard the phrase "gettin the cart before the horse". There are SO MANY points of evidence regarding this being shoved down our throats it's ridiculous. The MAIN point being an FAA backed study that CLEARLY SAYS DON"T DO IT. – G. Fox

One person had a more favorable opinion:

  • Why does everything have to be a conspiracy?? If this was a sham don't you think Bannister would have rammed it thru two years ago?? – Cole

What do you think? Is the Propeller announcement a well-intentioned act directed at advising people of the company’s intent to hire locally or is it a case of putting the cart before the horse?

Dacula Truth August 31, 2011 at 03:48 PM
Are you kidding me! Over 700 people voted in the past hour and in the past 24 hours only ~ 150 people voted. This is definitively not scientific! What a joke.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew August 31, 2011 at 10:05 PM
L. Chomp, An RFP is far from an RFQ OR a contract. They are advertising for employees in a South Atlanta Job Fair? Exactly where are all the jobs going to finally be located? Thousands of resumes will be collected and suddenly in mass they will “go in another direction”. Do you really want to do business with a group that shows so little regard for potential employees? Perhaps the contract is ALREADY a done deal and that’s the reason for the BOC bum rush. We will sit back and hear in December that a court case is filed and to save the county massive legal expense, we MUST sign with Propeller. The trash plan outline worked again!! Yes indeedy, Obama would be PROUD!!
John Cook September 01, 2011 at 05:30 AM
Out of 800,000 residents in Gwinnett, you complain because a few hundred voted? Are you kidding me?
Ford September 05, 2011 at 03:10 PM
Fake. Interesting how the vote was basically 50-50% on August 31, with about 150 total people voting. Then between 10 AM and 11 AM on August 31 about 700 "people" voted (in one hour), with 100% of these 'voting' to say Propeller was bad. Then virtually no one voted after that. Fake.
John Cook September 05, 2011 at 04:07 PM
It seems to me that at the public hearing 12-Stone Church was packed with people opposing commercial flights. I think there were over "700 people" who turned out for that because somebody sent out an email. Now you are saying if those people get an email and vote in this poll, the results are "fake." So no opinion of any person is legitimate unless they agree with YOU? Is your position the only valid position? Did the two of you really sit around hour by hour watching this poll in order to note how many votes were entered each hour? Or are you just manufacturing that allegation to suit your own purposes?

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