We had heard the members of the new regime at The Tribune and The Evening News were maintaining a low editorial profile until they felt comfortable with their grasp of local issues.
Five of the six members of the editorial board are new to the institution, and effectively, new to the area, although publisher John Tucker can hardly be called a newcomer. He has been here, more or less as a full-timer, for time sufficient to suss out the landscape.
Today, that board came out of their self-imposed hibernation. Maybe now the citizenry will do the same. I'm persuaded that New Albany Can
, but only if the people pay attention. A provocative Trib is one means to focusing that attention and the lead editorial deserves a look.
Let me first say I disagree with the conclusion and opinion expressed in the piece titled "Closing Silvercrest is right decision"
under the heading "Our Opinion." That said, the editorial board tries to explain its conclusion, lays out their methodology for making a choice, and provides supporting facts and professional analysis.
The Daniels administration sent a team to "sell" the idea to the editorial board. They bought it. This is the same Republican administration that, as reported by The Tribune, claimed the support of New Albany's Democratic mayor for its 2006 agenda for the cities and for transportation priorities. Wrongly, as it turns out, but with today's editorial, TMM can add The Tribune (and The Evening News) to its roster of supporters. No printed corrections necessary.
Perhaps this was not as compelling a presentation as the headline implies, or this reader infers from the headline. The board exhibits more than a little suspicion about the Daniels administration's intentions, and pledges to closely monitor subsequent diversions of funding if the facility closes.
I've asked the publisher if the board has met with Rep. Bill Cochran (D-72) and Sen. Connie Sipes (D-46) on this issue. They have made a compelling case that the facility is uniquely suited to serving its clients and should be maintained intact.
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