23 February 2020

[Bess Tuggle] - IMHO, The Week in Review: Rec Commission, Main Street & a Reminder to Stan About Lunch

“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day in the neighborhood.  Won’t you be, -won’t- you BE, WON’T you be my neighbor?”

As much as I love Mr. Rogers, this can make me gag at times when I read the paper and catch up with the news.

Just the headlines: “Economic Development voted to move into the city.”  They’ve got to be joking.  With no disrespect to the council, they can’t even keep up with anything they’re supposed to do.  I’ve one friend that complains about the state of Floyd Street.  I really don’t know what state the street is in because we avoid the area.  Between pot-holes and filming, we just don’t go there.  Ditto for the Square.  So much for economic development.  And a planned meeting between the City Council  and Board of Commissioners was cancelled because no one showed up?  Bet there’s some catering bills that us tax payers are paying for a non-meeting, and us tax payers are getting to the point that we can’t afford to live here anymore with -nothing- from our elected officials.

I really don’t know what to say about the dissolution of the Recreation Commission.  I just find it sad but justified.  Without actual, reliable accounting for expenditures…  Hope our school sport programs can keep up.  (I’ll save my gripes about the BOE for another column)

Main Street programs are coming under review, too.  Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce are ceding to the city.  Really, people?  I -so- want an accounting, an -accurate- accounting, of where our tax money is being spent.  To quote the Citizen - “City Attorney Frank Turner Jr. agreed and said Main Street  is basically a group of people and businesses who profit from the efforts of a Main Street program”  I’d prefer the Main Street programs were just shut down and I’m willing to bet he got in some deep Sh!t for that quote.

“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day in the neighborhood.  Won’t you be, -won’t- you BE, WON’T you be my neighbor?”    

PS:  My lunch offer to District Commissioner Stan Edwards still stands.  Give me 3 days’ notice and I’ll cook the best chicken ‘n dumplins you’ve ever had.  No charge.   

- Bess Tuggle 

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