IS IT TRUE December 26, 2013
IS IT TRUE that Vanderburgh County Republican Party Chairman Wayne Parke took an opportunity that we at the CCO left open regarding keeping elected officials who are essentially lifetime politicians from running for office again to challenge our assertion?…that this came after someone wanted to know what we would have to say about a politician that has a high job approval rating?…our response was pretty much that an approval rating of over 60% for an incumbent may just merit an exception to the “toss the retreads out” theory?…Mr. Parke claimed that Republican Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has a current approval rating above 60% and asked if we would make an exception for Mayor Winnecke?…our response was and is yes if the poll was done by a 3rd party and the makeup of those polled reflects and accurate assessment of the general population?…we have offered to publish the poll that Mr. Parke is referring to without edit, opinion, or bias and we will most certainly do so?…we would remind Mr. Parke that back in 2007 then Mayor Weinzapfel had an approval rating above 60% and actually defeated Republican non-candidate David Nixon by a margin of 85 – 15?…it seems as though second terms and hubris are the undoing of many politicians from Tricky Dick Nixon, to former Mayor Weinzapfel, and to the current President of the United States?…we would like to know what Mr. Parke thinks about the once very highly approved President Obama a scant 13 months since he was re-elected and how that could easily parallel Evansville politics?
IS IT TRUE a shareholder of Old National Bank who is not exactly thrilled about the proposed $14 Million investment that the bank is contemplating in the downtown convention hotel?…this person asked us to remind our readers that ONB has 100.69 million outstanding shares that sell for about $15.75 each?…that would mean that a $14 Million investment by this publicly traded bank would represent roughly 14 cents for each outstanding share or 1% of the value of each share?…that amounts to just under half of the dividend that each share pays annually?…ONB during the last five years has traded as high as $18.16 per share and as low as $9.22 per share?…one thing for sure is that a $14 Million investment of shareholder dollars is certainly something that ONB can afford to do but it is not a trivial amount when compared to annual earnings or the scheduled dividend?…none of the shareholders who have spoken with the CCO would accept their dividends in shares or warrants in a downtown convention hotel in Evansville?
IS IT TRUE that for a city that touts itself as a burgeoning tourist destination Evansville on Christmas Day is not an inviting place to look for an open restaurant?…of course there are scattered Chinese Buffets and a few other restaurants that had limited hours?…this is not any way to capture tourism or even people who are already tired of turkey to come to town for the Holidays?…while the CCO understands that restaurant workers do not wish to work on Christmas we also know that cities that have real tourism find ways to deal with this?…of the two restaurants that one visitor ate at today the food was mediocre and the service was even worse with the wait staff openly grousing in front of customers that they should not be working?…this shortcoming made a real impression?…the state law forbidding the sale of even so much as a glass of wine on Christmas drew a comment overheard to the extent of “you Hoosiers do know it is 2013 don’t you?”… in all seriousness this is a problem for people in town for anything other than a family gathering that lasts 24 hours?
IS IT TRUE during the final 5 IS IT TRUE columns of 2013 the CCO will begin to articulate some things that we hope to see happen in 2014 to make Evansville a better place to live and a more worthy place to visit?…the first of which is of course a new MASTER PLAN to replace the woefully obsolete thing that DMD claims is a fine plan in need of an update?…that is about as observant as if American Airlines said the Wright Brothers plane needs to be updates for passenger service?