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 told that the search for the next Chamber Of Commerce CEO has been completed? …the list of candidates that applied for this position was extremely impressive? …applicants for this position pulled out all stops to get the attention of the search committee? …one candidate even had Mayor Winnecke, the Governor of the State of Indiana and a Federal officeholder to lobbied in his behalf? …it would be great if this job went to someone locally?
IS IT TRUE some people are now speculating that former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel may announce that he is will not seek the Democrat nomination for the US House of Representative? …several people in the political know now feel that Weinzapfel extremely late entry in the race will definitely cause a serious split in the Democratic party?
IS IT TRUE we remember that in 2009 former Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel was routinely referred to as a rock star and thought to be on a path to become Governor of Indiana?…one local luminary, the late and great Larry Aitken actually said on camera that Weinzapfel should be President of the United States?…two years later after the Ford Center was shoved down the taxpayer’s throats without a referendum, a promised hotel without subsidy failed to materialize, and the McCurdy fiasco began, the attempted Homestead Tax credit grab, Weinzapfel decided not to run for re-election?
IS IT TRUE that the only announced Democratic candidate for the 8th District Congressional seat is a well respected Terre Haute attorney with a good political following throughout the 8th Congressional District? …we have been told that Mr. Weinzapfel personally approached a supporter of Democratic Congressional candidate Willaim Tanoos and asked him to tell him to withdraw from 8th District Congressional primary race? …Mr. Tanoos response was heck no because he in it to win it?
IS IT TRUE last year Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke announced that he plans to seek a third term as your mayor in the 2019 election?…that this advanced announcement gave Winnecke a long time to raise money to fend off any challengers who decide to toss their hat into the ring?…in his two campaigns for Mayor, Winnecke has proven to be able to raise over a million dollars for an office that only pays around $100,000 per year?…with the apparent popularity that Winnecke enjoys and over a million bucks in his war chest, it will be one formidable task to defeat Winnecke in a general election?…Mayor Winnecke would be well serve to avoid becoming a little dictator because real people do not like hubris?
IS IT TRUE one of the shortcomings of downtown Evansville has been and continues to be the fact that there is no grocery store even close to the residential units that are in the area?…there have been some attempts in the past by local investors like Wesselmans and the Sunshine Market that were on the edge of the downtown but couldn’t get enough traction to survive?…there was recently an attempt at a small grocery section by Stratman’s Pharmacy that was a long time downtown business that did their best to make groceries available to downtown residents?…instead of prospering Stratman’s Pharmacy made the decision to cease downtown operations leaving the downtown with no grocery and no pharmacy?…the reality is that the number of customers who are required to keep such businesses profitable just doesn’t live near the downtown?
IS IT TRUE there is another issue with the building stock in downtown Evansville that makes it difficult to make a profit in any business that competes for dollars with businesses located in new buildings in the population zones?…the age of the buildings and the primitive state of the electrical and insulation systems make the utility bills exorbitant in downtown Evansville?…when a service provider has a $1,000+ utility bill tries to compete with someone in the burbs who has a $150 bill the playing field is not level and often the difference cannot be made up for in pricing and volume?…until something is done to equalize the cost of doing business in downtown Evansville smart businesses will stay away and starry eyed downtown supporters who believe the hype with try and eventually learn the hard way about empty promises?
IS IT TRUE back in June 2017 the City Council voted to allow potbellied pigs as pets in the city limits?…we are wondering what will be allowed next since there are already homes in the city limits with cows, chickens, and at least one donkey?…we are looking forward to hearing a member of the city council bray like a donkey approve East Side Jack as a household pet? …if City Council would spend more time on things like how to stop runaway deficit spending instead of a “pot-bellied pigs” issue we wouldn’t be in such a financial mess?
IS IT TRUE last year officials at Henderson Methodist Hospital and Deaconess Hospital discussed issues of economic concerns? …could it be that Deaconess Hospital has a strong interest in purchasing Henderson Methodist Hospital in the very near future? …that Henderson Methodist Hospital is the largest employer in Henderson County and has a major economic impact in the region? … we wouldn’t be surprised hear that a deal between Deaconess Hospital system and Henderson Methodist Hospital to merge both hospitals may happen later this year?
IS IT TRUE last year Deaconess Hospital-Evansville leadership signed a “Letter of Intent” with Henderson Methodist Community Hospital agreeing that both entities would cooperate in the sharing of physicians and other hospital services? …we wonder if Deaconess Hospital-Evansville official ever considered a move to help secure a bond debt owed by Henderson’s Methodist Community Hospital to the tune of $25 to $30 million dollars?
IS IT TRUE we feel that Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding is doing a very good job? … that Sheriff Wedding has proven to be a “Good Steward Of The Public Trust”?
Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel its time that Mr. Weinzapfel announces his decision if he’s running for Congress or not?
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