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
IS IT TRUE that downtown Evansville has two things going on right now of significance and the top one is the opening of the long awaited Indiana University Medical School?…this is a project that has been in the works for over 10 years and it is finally happening?…the only disappointment is that the local nursing programs at IVY TECH have not been allowed to come downtown leaving the medical student count at less than 100? …because of this decision the IU Medical School will be less impactful on the downtown than the often projected student count of over 2,000 would have?
IS IT TRUE that the philanthropic community has stepped up with the Koch Family Foundation chipping in $2.5 million to endow a dean and Bill Stone and his wife ponying up enough cash to claim naming rights?…this medical school decision was the right thing to do and we wish it would have happened sooner because it has already been cited as the reason for an unsubsidized Hyatt Place Hotel choosing a downtown location?…if either the medical school was a certainty in 2008 or if the Evansville City Council had a shred of patience the taxpayers of Evansville would have saved the $20+ million subsidy that went to the Doubletree developers with essentially no strings attached?
IS IT TRUE we would like to give five (5) cheers to Pat and Lisa Shoulders for gifting to the people of Evansville and the Stone Family Medical Center a public fountain named “Healing Arts?” …we also give five (5) cheers to the rest of the Shoulders family for contributing to the public fountain?
IS IT TRUE that the other burning issue in downtown Evansville is whether or not the taxpayers are going be committed by the City Council to spend $2.7 Million for the purpose of building a dock and visitors center at the sight of the old riverboat location for the enshrinement of the LST?
IS IT TRUE although the LST leadership (they all are from other areas) is claiming that attendance “COULD” double with the short move, that seems like an unrealistic expectation which is probably why they used the word “COULD”?…words like “COULD”, “MAY”, and “MIGHT” are often used as hyperbole by people who have no idea about reality to manipulate an outcome that they seek?…these magic words have already pulled the wool over the eyes of City Council members Brinkmeyer, Adams, McGinn, and Mercer but the other 5 are either hesitant or undecided?…it is to be expected that at least one other member of the City Council will be infected with the “COULD” virus and vote yes without any real projection from a credible source?
IS IT TRUE we wonder where the City is going to get the extra projected $3 million to dismantle the LST dock at Marina Pointe once the boat leaves that area? …we urge City Council member not to buy into the statement that a salvage company will dismantle the old LST dock located at Marina Point for salvage value only?
IS IT TRUE that a recent political poll conducted by the HILL reveals that three-quarters of Americans say Nancy Pelosi should be replaced? …half of the people voting in this poll were Democrats?
IS IT TRUE our thoughts and prayers are with our Publisher today as he is having a procedure done to find out what can be done to correct a serious heart issue?
Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that the IU Medical school will have a major economic impact on downtown Evansville?
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