During the course of these two years of blogging, Comet Senior Political Analyst Morton Reichbaum has logged countless hours watching the City Channel with great interest -- when not falling asleep or insisting upon watching hockey.
He asked me to clarify, in response to published reports, which of the familiar individuals is now running for mayor.
"The one with the hair," I informed him, "in the middle. The annoying one."
"Oh! Yeah, well yeah, sure, he seems..." Reichbaum took a moment to think of the right word. "He seems wholesome."
Saturday's print edition carried a response to Patrick Dowd's "Robbing Peter to Pay Paul" issues:
"These payments are not new," the Ravenstahl administration noted in a response to e-mailed questions. "If these payments were eliminated, the additional burden would fall on the taxpayers of our city who would be required to subsidize the authority's share of these costs." (P-G, Rich Lord)
1. Correct: these payments are not new. You are perpetuating the same old mistakes of your predecessors, three years running.
2. We are warned ominously of a tax hike. The oversight bodies exist, almost explicitly, to prevent us from raising taxes. Something else almost certainly would have to occur; a realistic budget might be just the thing to trigger more state aid.
3. When the Authorities run low on cash, many of them simply get to raise rates on residents (the Water Authority, ALCOSAN) so it all amounts to the same thing in the end -- except city government itself is more directly accountable.
4. "The Ravenstahl administration noted in an e-mailed response..." From who? Just curious. Was it the Mayor address, the Undermayor address, the Budget Director -- with whom were we exchanging? This just adds some legitimate information and insight.
And now, ladies and gentlemen, the YouTube stylings of District 2 candidate Rob Frank:
Not wanting to be outdone, Georgia Blotzer, Democrat, says we're going to have to produce a video at some point as well -- but not until the petition drive is over and the Listening Tour is fully off the ground. I'll do my best to make sure we use lots of awesome studio effects like star wipes and strobe lighting.