We were taken to task in a comment on our last post concerning a column by Mr. Tully in the morning daily paper. We decided to answer in the additional space of a new post, rather than a "comment on a comment."
The author of the comment made two basic points. One, that Hoosiers like to live on the cheap, and two, that Hoosiers should demand better government for the tax dollar. He also expresses admiration for Tully being the only reporter willing to "take on" the administration.
We’re not ready to agree that "Come on, Mr. Mayor" appearing once or twice a year actually constitutes "taking on" the administration.
If the citizenry is indeed apathetic about governance, the entire staff of Tully’s paper can take a large share of credit for that. Football, basketball and the Super Bowl have made this a world class city. That’s the theme the paper has belabored for years. The attitude of the paper is pretty plain when one considers that the sports editor gets more front page space than the political reporter.
If the citizens are not in favor of "chipping in a little more," it just may be because they think revenues are adequate if they were to be spent on things like ice removal and public safety rather than extravagant scoreboards and "spiffing up" Georgia Street.
When was the last time a column pointed out that a billion dollars worth of the most valuable real estate in the city - or state, for that matter - has become virtually the private property of professional sports franchises and does not pay one penny of property tax into municipal coffers?
As we write this the thermometer on our porch shows 31 degrees. (It’s considerably warmer over this keyboard!) But it will be an even colder day you-know-where when the local media really decides to ask some pertinent questions and "take on" the administration.
That would indeed be cause for celebration!