We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we as responsible citizens of this community need to address in a rational and responsible way? IS IT TRUE we are extremely pleased that Mayor Winnecke proposes to pay down the serious shortfall in the employee health plan in his proposed 2020 budget?IS IT TRUE we wonder why City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr hasn’t informed candidates running for a seat on the Evansville City Council how much it cost the taxpayers of Evansville to subsidize the Evansville Thunderbolts operating expenses during the 2018-2019 hockey season?IS IT TRUE that this Tuesday the Vanderburgh County Commissioners are presenting their annual State of the County at the Evansville Rotary Club luncheon? …we are told that the Vanderburgh County Commissioners will have good news for the taxpayers of Vanderburgh County?IS IT TRUE during the first week of November our Vanderburgh County officials will reveal the new plans to renovate the county jail? …we are told that these plans should take care of the overcrowding problems at the jail for the next 25 years?IS IT TRUE that Commissioners Ben Shoulders and Commissioner Jeff Hatfield are having a joint political fundraising outing this coming Friday, September 20th? …we are told that this golf outing is officially sold out and has over 60 foursomes playing? …we are told that Mayor Winnecke is having his annual golf outing the following Friday, September 27th? …the Mayor’s golf fundraiser has 52 foursomes signed up so far? …Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave is having her annual Wolfe’s BBQ lunch fundraiser next week? …we are told that she has ten (10) top-level sponsors and this event is sold out? IS IT TRUE that the newest Commercial Lender III at Banterra Bank-Evansville is County Commissioner Ben Shoulders? …it looks like Old National loss is Banterra Bank-Evansville gain?IS IT TRUE the best way for Evansville City Council to balance the budget is making budget cuts not increase taxes?IS IT TRUE the taxpayers are also paying off an annual debts payment for the new downtown medical school ($2.7M), the downtown hotel ($1.26M) without having any ownership position? …we wonder who are the owners of the hotel and medical school buildings that the taxpayers are paying off the loan notes on?IS IT TRUE that our Civic Center “Moles” tell us that Mayor Winnecke has decided to not to mess with the “HOMESTEAD TAX CREDIT” in 2020:? …the Mayor made a smart political move concerning this issue?IS IT TRUE that last weekend’s Owensboro, Ky airshow on the Ohio River was a rousing success? …that people from all around attended this well-planned community event? …we are told that this event generated many hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Owensboro business community?IS IT TRUE that the CPA firm of London Witte advised the Winnecke Administration to implement a “budget spending plan” more than four (4) years ago? …that no “budget spending plan” has been developed by the administration as of this date? IS IT TRUE we are being told that Burdette Park Director, Jerry Grannon, is doing an excellent job? …under Mr. Grannon’s leadership Burdette Park saw the highest attendance in over ten years?IS IT TRUE that you can purchase regular unleaded gasoline at Sam’s Club in Evansville for a whopping $2.11 a gallon? Same price at Costco. Since Costco has opened prices at Sam’s Club have dropped dramatically.IS IT TRUE if you want to save big bucks please go to GOOD RX site and you could save up to 80% of your prescription costs?Today’s “Readers Poll” question is: What type of renovation should the county do at the jail?Please take time and read our feature articles entitled, STATEHOUSEFILES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and LOCAL SPORTS, and OBITUARY posted in our sections. You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.Footnote: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site. We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated. The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site. Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
This Saturday, March 2, the Atlanta Track Club is hostingthe Road to Gold 8.2 mile race. The race will serve as a preview of the OlympicMarathon Trials course for February 2020, also taking place in Atlanta. Themarathon trials course will consist of 3 loops of six miles with a final loopof 8.2 miles. The Road to Gold Race will cover both loops and mimic the final8.2 miles of the Olympic Marathon Trials course. The race will host a number ofOlympic hopefuls, offering them only one of two opportunities to run on theclosed streets of the 2020 Olympic Team Trails. Olympic hopefuls from aroundthe country will be entered into a separate division, which will begin justbefore the open race. Run like a futureOlympian at Atlanta’s Road to Gold 8.2 mile race New hearing forpipeline to cross Appalachian Trail has been rejected On Monday a federal appeals court in Richmond, VA denied arequest to reconsider a ruling throwing out a permit that would have allowedthe Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross Monongahela and George Washington nationalforests, including part of the Appalachian Trail. The request to hold afull-court hearing came from lead pipeline developer Dominion Energy and theU.S. Forest Service and was rejected by the 4th U.S. Circuit Courtof Appeals. In December, a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuitcriticized the Forest Service, saying the agency lacked authority to approvethe pipeline’s crossing of the trail and that in doing so it had “abdicated itsresponsibility to preserve national forest resources.”
All things considered, though, is it the right move for the Chargers to join the Rams to play in Los Angeles?“I haven’t followed it closely enough, but I don’t think it is,” Walton said. “But I’m a Chargers fan that wants the team in San Diego. I have no idea what’s happening on the business side of it. But I obviously would have liked them to stay.” Chargers owner Dean Spanos had threatened a move in recent years amid unsuccessful attempts to receive taxpayer funds to build a new stadium. But despite the Chargers making only one Super Bowl appearance in 1994 and making one playoff appearance in the past five years, Walton embodied the San Diego sports that supported them through the good and the bad.“We had a loyal group of fans that were used to tough times of trying to win. But we stuck with our team,” Walton said. “They were a big part of growing up in San Diego.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SAN ANTONIO >> The calm and stoic tone in which Luke Walton spoke masked his frustration.He often has reacted that way as he has experienced the Lakers going through some early hiccups. The Lakers’ coach shared the same mood over the San Diego Chargers announcing their intentions to relocate to Los Angeles for the 2017 NFL season. The San Diego native also does not plan to buy season tickets just because his hometown team plans to move where he lives. “I’m a little heartbroken over it right now,” Walton said following morning shootaround in preparation for Thursday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. “I’m not ready to deal with the reality they’re going to leave San Diego.”
JOHNSTON — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican, says if there’s a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S Senate should start the process of filling it as soon as possible.“We have a Republican-held Senate and a Republican president,” Ernst said Friday afternoon, “and so I don’t see there would be any difference between the president and the senate on a selection of a supreme court justice.”Republican Senators refused to act on President Obama’s nominee after Justice Scalia died in early 2016, arguing voters that November should decide which president should get to fill the vacancy.“That was a different situation,” Ernst said. “…That was a Republican-held Senate with a Democratic president and so we were divided on who that selection would be. This is a different scenario where you have a Republican president and a Republican senate. There’s likely not to be a lot of disagreement when it comes to the selection of a justice.”Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced Friday she is undergoing chemotherapy for a recurrence of pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg, who is 87, intends to remain on the court.Senator Chuck Grassley, Iowa’s other Republican senator, was chairman of the senate committee that refused to hold a hearing on Obama nominee Merrick Garland in 2016 and Grassley has said a hearing should wait until after the election, if there is an opening on the court in 2020.Ernst said Republican senators should hold a hearing on a Trump nominee even in a so-called “lame duck” session in November and December — after the election. She discussed the issue with “Iowa Press” host David Yepsen Friday afternoon.“If President Trump is defeated, if Republicans lose control of the Senate, would you still support doing this prior to January?” Yepsen asked.Ernst replied: “Well, one, I wish nothing but the best of health for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I think we all do and I will be praying for her and it is a lame duck session. I would support going ahead with any hearings that we might have and, if it comes to an appointment prior to the end of the year, I would be supportive of that.”A spokesman for the Iowa Democratic Party blasted Ernst’s comments.“Senator Ernst promised to be an independent voice for Iowans, but instead she’s spent her six years in Washington shamelessly putting Mitch McConnell’s harmful agenda above the interests of Iowans,” IDP spokesman Jeremy Busch said in a written statement.In 2016, when Republicans refused to act on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Ernst argued that “in the midst of an important election, the American people deserve to have a say in this important decision that will impact the course of our country for years to come.”Ernst became a member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee after the panel’s hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, the second justice President Trump has appointed to the nation’s highest court.