IS IT TRUE October 7, 2013
IS IT TRUE the debate over where the IU Medical School should land is one that can be settled with data instead of with emotions or political favoritism?…the way to take this from a decision made by pillow talk and political cronyism to one made on the parameters that would be best for the IU Medical School is for those who are in a position to do so to use GIS technology to identify the absolute best geographical location based on the criteria input by the IU Medical School?…this technology is available through a company called ESRI that is located in Redlands, CA or through the University of Redlands College of Business?…Evansville is no stranger to implementation of GIS based solutions as former Vanderburgh County Assessor Cheryl Musgrave brought that technology to town roughly 10 years ago when she was in that office?…what the CCO wishes for the IU Medical School is that it lands in the best place for people to get a medical education and for the school to thrive in its Southwest Indiana location whether that is downtown Evansville, Warrick County, or one of a dozen other locations that have the acreage required to place it?…as in everything that gets done we encourage the best minds to use the best tools so that the decision is the most logical place with the highest potential for growth and success?…GIS is the way to do that as long as agenda driven politicians do not game the system by corrupting the input parameters?
IS IT TRUE Evansville had another of our frequent big rains this weekend creating a stark reminder that our sewers are dilapidated and that there is a perfectly good reason that the EPA stepped forward to mandate that the combined sewers must be repaired?…the EPA has not yet given the green light to the City of Evansville’s $545 Million plan that is proposed to take 28 years to implement?…the longer this goes without an answer the more likely it is that the EPA is leaning toward a counter proposal that is going to be closer to the $810 Million solution they provided that will only be allotted 20 years to implement?…the difference is real and is measured by the number of allowable discharges of raw sewage into the Ohio River?…it is nearly beyond belief that the City of Evansville is trying to get the EPA to authorize us to take longer and do a lesser job of keeping raw sewage out of the river that we drink from and recreate in?…spending money on play things while delaying the implementation of a sewer project on the basis of money is just about the most nonsensical thing possible?
IS IT TRUE Mayor Winnecke is now quoted as saying the idea for bringing private money into the convention hotel deal was hatched at a tailgate party at an IU football game?…with any due respect to this claim that may be appropriate the City County Observer has been advocating for local equity to be in this deal for years, and even went so far as to publish a sample private placement memorandum as a suggestion on how this could be done?…perhaps we planted a seed in the minds of the Mayor that he has forgotten?…the fact remains that this idea came from the CCO and not the Mayor or anyone else at a tailgate party?…he can call it evolution, metamorphosis, or even an epiphany but the truth of the matter is that the answer was put forward right under his nose all along?…clicking ruby slippers together and saying “there’s no place like a hotel” is only for the movies?…the hotel deal finally happened when reality met practicality and without the local equity deal there would not be a hotel deal in place today?
IS IT TRUE it is now only hours until it has been a week since the federal government shut down?…for most of us even with deliberate actions being taken to cause inconveniences for the American people, the fact remains that most of us are not impacted?…just like the chicken little moaning over the approaching sequester that is still not solved the wailing of elected officials about how bad shutting the government down would be seems to have been no more than a toddler’s tantrum for candy?…the real debate will come in a couple of weeks when the debt ceiling is reached and the government starts to default on select financial obligations?…that is when the pontificating clowns on both sides with stop the whining and get serious about a solution that involves strategy, competence, and compromise?…until then unless you find it amusing to watch babies whine, treat this dirty diaper crew as though they don’t exist?