It Makes No Sense

Editor, News-Register:

Taxation Without Representation: Historical accounts of the “Boston Tea Party” attribute the dumping of 342 chests of tea into Boston harbor, by frustrated and angry citizens, due to what they viewed as “taxation without representation.” I don’t think the citizens and taxpayers of Wheeling have reached that level of anger and frustration yet; however, they’re getting close.

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, the mayor made the following comment during his “state of the city address”: “The city is strong and growing stronger.” From where I’m sitting, and what I’ve observed over the last 10 months, I don’t think that’s an accurate statement, or even close to the truth. It wasn’t then and it isn’t now. It’s catchy, but it’s not reality.

However, I understand why the mayor said it. It’s what I learned from the old timers as “double talk.” The dictionary defines “double talk” as “empty, deceptive, or ambiguous talk, especially by politicians.”

Wouldn’t it be refreshing to hear the truth, instead of being treated like mushrooms, and being fed %#&! and kept in the dark? I think I heard the mayor at the last council meeting make the statement that “they have no requirement to let the citizens speak during council meetings.” I also believe I heard him say (and I paraphrase) “visitors to Wheeling will not have to view the deteriorated structure currently occupying the 19th street site, if it was demolished and the new public safety building was constructed there.”

I might ask the mayor, if I had the opportunity, what about the burnt-out duplex on South Huron street that is visible to anyone heading east on I-70, and has been that way since 2017? The city has lost a significant business (OVMC) and the income it generated, seen another business (Wheeling University) scaled back and in financial jeopardy, continues to hemorrhage jobs, population, and businesses, and yet they want to build a new public safety building. It makes about as much sense as: You’ve just been told that your income will be cut by half, you’ve got a leaky roof, the transmission went out in your car, and the wife is expecting triplets. So what do you do?

You go to the bank and take out a loan using the house as collateral so you can buy a ton of lottery tickets since the jackpot is projected to be in the hundreds of millions. Nah, I don’t think anyone with any common sense would do that, and I don’t think the city administration would do that if it was their own individual money, but hey, it’s no skin off their nose since the money is yours, and they take no risk in spending it.

P. Jacobs



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