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 according to our most recent “Readers Poll” the large of majority of our readers would like a response from Mayor Winnecke concerning who’s responsible to pay all the operational costs involved in the ownership of the Evansville Thunderbolts? …our “Readers Poll” is considered to be trendy, not scientific?
IS IT TRUE when the Evansville IceMen leased the Ford Center they paid all the costs associated with playing hockey at the Ford Center? …not only did the Evansville IceMen pay all their bills at the Ford Center but also generated big profits for the arena during the time they played hockey at this arena?
IS IT TRUE we are hearing that several citizens are talking about starting a local government watchdog group? …we are told that the mission of this organization will be to encourage locally elected officials to practice fiscal responsibility and good public policy? ..we are told when this group is fully organized they will file Freedom of Information Requests, attend local political meetings, send out informational newsletters via social media, endorse candidates vying for elected for local offices and when deemed necessary will stage public protests? …if this group decides to organize it should be a fun group to watch?
IS IT TRUE we encourage you to drive down Lincoln Avenue starting from Highway 41 and go east towards Boeke Road during the late evening time? … last week a staff member of the CCO drove down Lincoln Avenue and headed east and observed that around 20 overhead security street lights were not working? …please don’t tell us that the City Controller used the money in the 2018 City Budget earmarked for the street lights to fund the penguin and anteater exhibits at the Zoo?
IS IT TRUE that Jon Webb created another piece of prose on the resignation of Scott Pruitt who served briefly as head of the EPA?…the assumption was that his resignation was going to be bad for Evansville since the person who is replacing him is pro-coal and may just let Evansville, the Ohio River, and the air in the Tri-State get by without compliance on EPA regulations?…while we understand the spirit of the article we also realize first that the EPA hasn’t exactly been breathing down local government’s neck during the last 10 years since the consent decree to reduce the raw sewage dumps into the Ohio River were agreed to?…the EPA Directors under President Obama have not enforced fines against Evansville and neither has the departed Mr. Pruitt?…it almost seems as though one of the strategic initiatives to keep spending money on fun and games is to kick the can called the dilapidated sewer system down the road as far as possible?…it is working too?…since being saddled with the consent decree to repair the sewers so that raw sewage is not spilled into the Ohio River, the City of Evansville has borrowed money to build the Ford Center, highly incented a downtown hotel, subsidized the medical school, contributed to some overpriced ball fields, and with the exception of the ball fields all of these $200 million plus fun and games monuments are connected to the very sewer that needs to be replaced?
IS IT TRUE that the reality is that Scott Pruitt was just one more government employee that did not hold the City of Evansville’s feet to the fire to comply with the consent decree and it is highly likely that his replacement won’t either?…we live in one of the most polluted places in the country on the banks of the well documented most polluted river in the country?…between the Ohio River, the contaminated air, the not so well publicized soil contamination problem due to plating factories and an old cannon ball factory, Evansville has some serious pollution problems to deal with and the EPA has been lax about enforcing things since it was formed by President Nixon?…if the people of Evansville make strong demands these issues may have a chance to be mitigated?…without local voter support for cleaning the air, water, and soil, the politicians will keep spending borrowed money on fun and games?…based on reality Mr. Pruitt’s departure will just usher in a new boss that is the same as the old boss and the boss before him and the boss before him ad nauseum?
IS IT TRUE yesterday one of our posters made the following comment we found very entertaining concerning the ongoing Forensic audit of ECHO Housing? …our poster said: “Has Robert Mueller finished the Echo Housing investigation yet? Everything thing has been quiet hoping everyone forgets about it. Am I sure the Russians are involved”?
IS IT TRUE we wonder why we haven’t heard any complaints about the noise level at KC’S Marina Point Bar and Grill? …could the reason be that the adjoining property owners can’t hear the live music anymore is because the work done on the building to reduce the nose level worked?
IS IT TRUE we apologize to County Commissioner Ben Shoulders for not telling him that yesterday he could have gotten a free “slushy” from the local 7-11 store? …its legend that Mr. Shoulder is the “Taco” eating and “Slushy” drinking king of this region?
Todays“Readers Poll” question Is Do you feel that Mayor Winnecke is a better public relations person or is stronger at making business decisions?
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