Kudos to the Journal Star for recognizing the omission in the mayor's statement of Lincoln's well-being and countering it with facts about the underclass population. We spoke of the same issues at the Sept. 25 City Council meeting and have done so many times before.
Mayor Chris Beutler's statement almost directly implicated 2015 Vision as running our city. Some of those very same members are making money from their "pillars" now on display downtown.
The City Council also follows by approving projects that only the well-to-do can afford to use and allocating TIF benefits that delay payments to our city budget. Couple that with the huge subsidy that the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency gives to the arena, and the middle- and lower-income groups are soundly ignored.
In fact, residents pay fourfold for the arena. It is subsidized by a federal subsidy, state turnback tax, a city loan and the ubiquitous occupation tax. We pay a heavy price for the "money pit" entertainment center. We doubt that it is a blessing but rather a curse we will have to finance long after the bonds are repaid.
Our leaders have become like the French court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, who dined on cake while the masses stood outside the gates protesting for a crust of bread to sustain themselves.
Jane Kinsey, Lincoln
Spokeswoman, Watchdogs of Lincoln Government