April 08, 2007
Message In A Bonnet
YOYOY? Why is Ron embarrassing himself and the City with this 'Founder's Day in Smallville', fancy dress up ball of an event to re-open City Hall? Why must every occasion that this administration plans turn into a "Hey Kids, Let's Put On A Show!" moment?
The 'Geraldo Opens Al Capone's Vault' let-down of the big time capsule opening a couple months ago was bad enough, is he really going to subject us to this embarrassment as well?
Because, I'd really rather not focus on the fact that the building was dedicated in 1908. I'd much rather focus on the fact that this is 2007 and our city is trying to move forward and compete in the modern marketplace.
I'd rather focus on the fact that we've breathed new life into this old building. I don't know if you got down to City Hall much before the renovation, but it was an embarrassment. Wasted space. Ancient heating and cooling. A model of inefficiency. The professionals who planned and implemented the redesign did some good work, but they'll be wearing bowler hats and riding old-time bicycles, rather than showing how a 99-year-old building can be retrofitted into an efficient, modern space.
Thankfully, the previous administration had the guts to propose spending some serious coin to update this building so that it is an ambassador for the city. Believe me, you didn't want officials from Toyota coming down to pre-renovation City Hall to discuss bringing an auto plant to Chattanooga.
So, why in the hell is Littlefield focusing on the building that isn't? I'll tell you why--she just got, uh, asked to resign*. That's right--MichMich. Ultimately, Littlefield is responsible for the lame thinking that comes out of his office, just as he's responsible for the lame thinkers in it. And don't kid yourself--Littlefield loves this historical crap. Ron Littlefield is your funny uncle who sits around watching the history channel, talking about WWII and what he used to get for a nickle (a gallon of gas! a handful of licorice!) Sadly, he's better equipped to read about history than he is to make it.
And I'm sure Missy's in on this too, because dressing up in period clothing is kinda like making a movie, except with your clothes on. But this has 'cheerleader' written all over it. Gladly, it'll be the last time MichMich can embarrass the city while being paid our money to do it.
Mind you, there should be an opening event, but this backward-looking event comes from backward minds and it is a sad testimony to the cliched, inside-the-box thinking that is leading our city...nowhere. This kind of BS sends a message about our city and it's not a good one.
And while Ron was announcing his little costume party, the county commission was grilling the stooge from Tennessee-American about why they are needlessly raising our water rates 20%. Why is Ron doing nothing to fight this? Could it be his union buddies? Just askin'.
Please, please, let there be someone out there, some big-brained, savvy, get-sh*t-done someone, who will run against this blast from the past when election time comes.
*Yay! More on this later.
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