The Hide of a Rhino
Let me say that I am pleased that James Garner doesn't place "getting along with others" as a higher priority than the needs of the city's residents. It is my observation that the political class has been "getting along" for far too long, and much to the detriment of this city.
When it takes a federal court order to get anything done in this city, you know the political class has become timid and moribund. And when that political class gets their feathers ruffled, you want to look and see who's doing the "ruffling" and get behind that man or woman.
The C-J uses the word "enemies" in an editorial today to describe the mayor's opponents. That's a word I've always avoided in politics, but there are those who resent and envy as a natural instinct. Perhaps they should be treated as enemies.
The big-game hunter is the enemy of the rhino, and doesn't care if he kills the beast or simply hacks off the horn to capture the beast's virility. Apparently, Hershberg and the C-J are more than willing to serve as "beaters" to assist those hunting their great white rhino.
Read this half-baked, thrown-off try at opinion. Below is my response.
To the Editor, The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.
When my wife and I decided to locate our business in New Albany, we had concerns about the city government’s willingness and ability to foster economic growth.
As we observed the dynamic between the city council and the administration, one thing became clear – Mayor James Garner is a leader dedicated to creating an environment where more entrepreneurs like ourselves would be willing to make an investment.
To read the coverage of New Albany city affairs as offered by the Courier-Journal is to gain a biased view. It seems that the beat reporter is less that than a transcriptionist for the mayor’s political opponents.
As you recommend in your editorial of Saturday, August 13, 2005, James Garner is “showing,” not telling people how hard he’s working for them. It is simply that the C-J refuses to cover it.
We have doubled our investment in New Albany, and so long as leaders like Garner continue to drive this city forward, we hope to do so again and again.