IS IT TRUE October 8, 2013
IS IT TRUE that several cities across the Midwest including Dayton, Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Detroit have embarked on a recruiting program that they hope will result in the repair of tens of thousands of dilapidated homes and jumpstarting their depressed economies?…these cities have much in common with Evansville and these recruiting efforts, especially the ones in Dayton need to be on the radar screens of the leadership of Evansville?…this recruiting program is targeting immigrants who are seeking to access the American dream through hard work and entrepreneurial spirit?…the New York Times profiled the program in Dayton yesterday that concentrated on immigrants from Turkey?…Dayton has 14,000 vacated homes and a shrinking population of 141,000?…these numbers scale so accurately with Evansville that it is scary?…perhaps it is time for Evansville to start recruiting immigrants to repair the squalor that millions of dollars of government money have not made a dent in?…the entrepreneurship and the thirst for education for their children would also improve the workforce and the economic numbers associated with the City of Evansville?…becoming a “sanctuary city” has been floated by city leadership before in the 2007 timeframe only to be scoffed at?…it seems that things like repairing the sewers and attracting immigrants to fuel a stagnating economy that were dismissed just 6 short years ago by city leaders may really have put them at the leading edge of strategies if they had only listened?
IS IT TRUE there is a renewed curiosity among the CCO readership about what is going on down at the McCurdy Hotel?…the real curiosity is about when they will see something happen down there that does not involve a can of spray paint and graffiti?…the answer has not changed since back in 2008 when former Mayor Weinzapfel proclaimed the McCurdy to be on the path to being saved when he used the ERC to buy a $603,000 parking lot, selected one of his campaign contributors to cash in on some corporate welfare by refurbishing it, and marched the old folks who lived there up the street to another building?…every one of the roughly 2,000 days since then the McCurdy has sunk further down the slippery slope of disrepair and the refurbishment budget has kept on increasing?…the answer is and has been “when the financing is all put into place”?…With the cost increasing on an already under water project that time sort of stuck in la la land?…while the Kunkel Group has done many good projects in downtown Evansville, this particular project will be particularly challenging to estimate and finance as all older facilities are?…our advice to the our curious readers is not to hold your breath?…the McCurdy has become a monument to why local government should stay out of such projects?
IS IT TRUE it has been reported that several gas stations in the greater Evansville region have dropped the price for regular unleaded to below $3 per gallon?…if all it takes to get gas down to $3 is for the government to shut down then we should consider keeping them shut down?…the longer they keep up the schoolyard tactics without the people of this country feeling any real pain, the more we should all realize that we don’t need these jackals as much as they would like for us to think we need them?…it also seems as though the crew of government workers who remain can’t even tell us how many people have signed up for ObamaCare?…while it is understandable that launching a website comes with some glitches it is pretty unbelievable that there is no knowledge of how many people have actually signed up?…we suspect that number is not one that is favorable to the Obama Administrations talking points about insatiable demand and the numbers will remain undisclosed as long as they can be?…at some point the truths will come out and come January if well under half of those eligible have not signed up somebody who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will have some serious explaining to do?…in the meantime we encourage our readers to price shop the exchanges and see how those plans will work for you?…we also encourage comments of real substance with numbers attached?
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