When I read the headline of Bill Riley’s editorial, I got excited thinking that he was going to provide some great insight on how the new administration should handle their business come January.
I was sorry to read that it was just a love letter to John Linder.
First, Mr. Riley detailed the biggest obstacle the administration will face – the republicans.
In my opinion, if there was ever a time Chester should have a republican administration, it’s now. The republican stars are lined up perfectly to help Chester continue to grow.
Yet, as Riley clearly reminds the democrats…
Locally, we must understand Chester sits in Delaware County, the home of the third most powerful Republican political machine in this country. Remember the governor’s seat is occupied by a Republican. Both houses of the state’s Legislature are held by the Republicans. To sum it up, you can look from these three sources little of no help to make this elected administration succeed.
To overcome this obstacle, Riley says, “John Linder must be very creative and a big centerpiece of his administration must be the private sector.”
Sounds good, but big business owners are usually republican supporters. As Riley states, President Obama is facing the same challenges. The companies he saved with his bailout are now holding on to money that could help stimulate the economy primarily because they don’t want the economy to rebound on President Obama’s watch.
The same thing will happen in Chester. Those businesses who have been considering Chester, and can take advantage of programs like Keystone Opportunity Zones, may likely decide to hold off for a few years, or even take their business somewhere else.
Riley clearly understands that the folks with money are not going to make it easy for the Linder Team. But, he reminds us that “you have chosen change for our city.”
Riley suggest you, “show your support for change by showing up in greater numbers at both city council and school board meetings.” Will that be enough?
Although Riley “can attest greatly to John’s leadership, and this city is blessed to have him at the helm for the next four years,” I only read doom and gloom in his commentary.
It’s great to have hope, but this city needs money.
Riley says, “Trust, because I believe God has placed (Linder) there.”
Ok. Let us all trust.
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