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July 17, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For July 17

Reader balks at opposition to mayor’s ideas

I am at the same time outraged, disgusted and embarrassed by the feud between some Jeffersonville City Council members and Mayor Mike Moore that continues to be played out on the front pages of the local newspapers. 

It seems to me that several of the council members are already conducting their own campaigns for the mayor’s job and that it will be easier to defeat an incumbent that “hasn’t accomplished anything” rather that one whose term produced parks, a new marina, new businesses on Veterans Parkway, more police officers and a better quality of living for the people of Jeffersonville. 

I would say this to those council members: We will remember who blocked those things. Perhaps Mayor Moore would have a more supportive council if he had given jobs within his administration to those who previously opposed him, thus assuring their vote on his agenda.

If more attention were paid to advancing the city and less attention to who will get the credit, perhaps we would all benefit. Had the previous administration had this kind of negativity, they surely would not been able to spend millions of our taxpayer money buying up property for a canal that had never come to a vote before the election of Mike Moore. His election was a clear mandate to city officials that the majority of us did not want a canal, yet some members of the council seem to object to any future progress or use of that now city-owned property that is proposed because “we’ve already spent too much money.” 

If a business proposition is made, such as Rose Hill Commons, they want to keep the area as “greenspace.” If a park is recommended, they want a business in the area to produce revenue. The council’s conflicting responses to Mayor Moore’s proposals are clearly transparent; they oppose anything that might make him or his administration look favorable in the eyes of the voters in the next election. 

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