We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?
IS IT TRUE we are extremely appreciative and proud of the way that members of our local law enforcement conducted themselves during a violent shooting standoff on Diamond Avenue last week? …the members of our local law enforcement did a creditable job in protecting the innocent bystanders and neighbors in harm’s way? …we give five (5) cheers to the outstanding members of the SWAT team who ran down the alleged shooter hiding in an alley and captured this criminal from the darkness?
IS IT TRUE that the State of Indiana has ruled that people who go to the polls can’t wear a Make America Great Again hat within a safe distance of the polling place?…that is sort of odd since President Trump is not on the ballot?…maybe this law is to prevent sending other voters to the nut house due to a raging attack on Trump Derangement Syndrome?
IS IT TRUE that Congressman Larry Bucshon trounced the field in the Republican primary to run for his re-election to Congress? …Bucshon didn’t rise to debate any challengers and still administered a colossal beating on the rest of the field?…when it comes to the November elections Bucshon seems poised to have an easy path back to Washington as he has more money, a great economy, and a financially challenged local Democrat machine to defeat?… it looks like Indiana’s 8th district may not be in play this year and most people know it?
IS IT TRUE that the tall building commonly known as the 5th 3rd Tower has a new owner?…the new owners are the shareholders of a business that calls itself Riverview that is reportedly owned by a group of three local investors?…while we wish this endeavor well it must be pointed out that investments in big old buildings in downtown Evansville have not been a big moneymaker in many decades?…the 420 Building that formerly was the world headquarters of Old National Bank has been on the market for close to 20 years without attracting a buyer that could close the deal? …there have been several attempts with good intentions but the reality of the market is that it costs more to bring these dinosaurs up to state of the art than they appraise for and this makes financing the deals impossible?…other buildings have sold for less than $10 per square foot or even brought no bids at auction?…after what must be approaching a billion dollars of incentivized investment in downtown Evansville, the buildings may not worth the cost to refurbish them?…with 5th 3rd as a long term tenant the new owners may well cash flow but getting other tenants at rates that are high enough to really prosper will be tougher?
IS IT TRUE that a perfect example of a downtown real estate deal gone mad is the McCurdy Hotel?…between $600,000 parking lot deals, with alleged crony contributions of nearly a million buck in incentives from the Evansville ERC and DMD over many years , the McCurdy still may be on its last breath?…the culprit that may have killed the McCurdy business model in recent history is the City of Evansville?
IS IT TRUE City Attorney Marco DiLucio has let it be known that he has put the city into a legal position to collect $1.5 Million for a year’s worth of water bills run up by the owners of the McCurdy?…at this rate for water and sewer bills there is no business model for the McCurdy that has market rents that will generate profits?…it is also true that Counselor Marco cannot get blood from a turnip and he has to know that?…imposing such a bill on the owners negates the entire value of the building and will eventually lead the McCurdy back into ruin as it was for eight years after Weinzapfel’s deal with an Indianapolis based campaign donor came unravelled?…there is plenty of egg on plenty of faces over the McCurdy farce?
IS IT TRUE that in a brilliant but less than a friendly campaign back in 2003, a youthful Jonathan Weinzapfel defeated incumbent Russell Lloyd Jr. with a misleading but slightly amusing campaign ad with a court jester running the bases of a baseball diamond to the tune of “take me out to the ball game”?…this was of course a way to denigrate Mayor Lloyd for wanting to build a baseball diamond in downtown Evansville that already had an AAA team set to come to town?…the stadium would have costed $20 million and lost Lloyd the election?…four years later Weinzapfel squandered $127.5 million on a hockey rink that still bleeds $9 million per year away from Evansville taxpayers?
IS IT TRUE we recently met an extremely interesting 18-year-old Senior at North High working in the Steve Hammer For the Vanderburgh County Commission campaign? …that Aulden Nance was extremely impressive in his attempt to get Mr. Hammer elected to this position? ..we encourage this North High School Senior to continue to support political candidates that he feels worthy of serving our community in public office? …we encourage other young people to follow Mr. Nance lead?
IS IT TRUE we appreciate the excellent work that the Evansville Otters Media Relations Manager Zane Clodfelter is doing? …Mr. Clodfelter sends us detailed and well-written articles concerning the game stats of each Otters game in a timely manner?
Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that recently announced Democratic Vanderburgh County Commission candidate Jeff Hatfield can beat Republican Mike Duckworth?
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