By: Ralph Edwards
I have seen enough of what is going on in this city that I care so much about and I feel it is time to say something about it. I have read in the news and heard the words straight from the mouth of Mayor Winnecke claiming that the downtown hotel will employ 250 people in full time jobs when it is finished. This is a either a gross exaggeration or a bare faced lie.
Think about it, have any of you ever stayed in a hotel that had one employee for every room? Industry standards and real life experiences show that hotels of 253 rooms will only have about 70 full time equivalent jobs. By full time equivalent I mean what President Obama means and that is 30 hours a week or more. Mayor Winnecke with his lies about creating 250 jobs in this hotel had just as well be telling us the moon is made of green cheese. We all know better and I hope the City Council does too. If our mayor wants to tell bare faced lies he should at least have the sense to make it believable.
The sales pitch for this hotel to the public has been missing any real numbers from the developer. City Council President Connie Robinson asked on TV the other night for the job commitment from HCW and got no answer at all. I will assume either there is no answer or the HCW attorney did not want to expose the mayor as a liar. Either way the people of this town are being lied to, people who oppose this are being bullied, and anyone that has a dime of tax money like the CVB is being intimidated into coughing it up.
Mayor Winnecke ran on a platform of transparency and honesty. This hotel pitch has been dishonest and behind closed doors. The people of Evansville deserve better. When faced with the truth Mayor Winnecke like the character in the Jack Nicholson movie “can’t handle the truth”, so he resorts to outright lies.
Before holding a vote on this hotel our city council needs to demand the written commitment of truth. They are the last chance for us to all hear some truth. The ERC didn’t get the truth before voting, the CVB didn’t get the truth before voting, and this group Mr. Hafer is working for seems to be in charge of making up lies too. Please city council at least give us a chance to handle the truth because this mayor does nothing but lie.
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