Top of the mornin’ to ye, and all that.
Jim Vokal came out yesterday with his Development Plan for Downtown Omaha.
The very expansive and fairly detailed plan includes bridges, restaurants and ball fields galore. It envisions development of the Riverfront and the surrounding area far beyond the way it stands now.
With a swipe at his opponents, Vokal said, “This is not a bloated stimulus-type plan thatcalls for unnecessary expansion of some existing facilities at an unknown cost to taxpayers.“
You can see the entire plan, which includes a satellite map of the areas affected, by clicking here.
Of course the boo-birds came out as well on Vokal’s plan. Jim Suttle says “The Mayor has proposed to do a master plan that’s long overdue for the entire downtown. Let’s let the professionals put this plan together to see what works and what doesn’t work.“
Well, actually it was the City Council who approved funding for the the Master Plan spearheaded by Suttle’s old company, HDR. But the idea that the Mayoral candidates should sit on the sidelines, as Suttle here suggests, is goofy. Wonder if the Master Plan will include Toboggan Runs, ice rinks and economic development in Iowa.
While Vokal says that he does not propose public money to be used for his plan, “Mayoral candidate” Randy Brown had a good zinger, “I just wonder where all these investors are going to come from that are gonna want to invest in a city that can’t afford to turn on the lights on the walking bridge.” (Ah, but in a City like Omaha Randy, there are always investors….)
For the gang out in the Third District’s Greater Nebraska (as opposed to those Omahans and Lincolnites in “Lesser Nebraska”), here is part of a short interview of Congressman Adrian Smith by the conservative Heritage Foundation:
Heritage Foudation: What does “Conservatism” mean to you?
Adrian Smith: It means thinking about the future in applying the principals established by our country’s founders. We have more than 200 years of evidence that conservatism works, and we need to apply it moving forward in all areas. I don’t need to remind readers the key to a successful civilization is economic freedom. The challenge now is to live up to those ideals.
Michael W. Smith and Vota
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia
Having the freedom to pursue opportunities relating to my faith while upholding the ideals of our Founding Fathers.
Eating too much after 10:00 p.m.
Currently reading several excellent books, but one which springs to mind is When Character was King, by Peggy Noonan. Yes, I would recommend it.
The value of the dollar, the future of family farming and the “brain drain” in rural America.
Dabbling in music now and then.
Switching from Democrat to Republican in the 4th grade.