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6/28/2009
How's That Three-Point Plan Workin' Out?
During my tenure at The Shelbyville News, I acquired a habit of clipping newspaper articles and filing them for future use. More precisely, to use for cartoon fodder.

Recently, I've been doing some research for a couple of website articles I'm writing. Much of the research consists of sorting through those old folders of newspaper clippings.

Not surprisingly, I often get sidetracked and waste a lot of time re-reading old articles. Occasionally, I'll stumble across a clipping worth sharing with you. The following article qualifies as worth sharing for a couple of reasons.

First, because it was written by the "Editorial Board" and published as an editorial on the Opinion Page of The Shelbyville News.

Which means it's a rarity.

You can probably count on a single hand the number of Editorial Opinions that have been published by the newspaper during nearly a decade of corporate ownership.

Incidentally, an "Editorial Board" technically did not exist when this editorial was published. Generally, on the few occasions when the newspaper editorialized, the publisher (in this case T. Paul Mahony) would ask the editor (in this case Bill Walsh) to write something congratulatory for the Republican election winners. Walsh would dutifully write the editorial. Then Mahony would edit it. Repeatedly.

And by publication time, neither wanted to claim ownership so they simply labeled it Editorial Board.

The second reason this editorial is worth sharing is it reminds us that during the mayor's first election campaign he ran on a "Three-Point Plan." The editorial noted that the plan was lacking in details. So, here's today's question: How's that three-point plan workin'?

The "Editorial" follows:

11/5/03 - Time for action (EDITORIAL BOARD - TSN)

Congratulations to mayor-elect Scott Furgeson and the entire local Republican Party, which took complete control of city government in yesterday's election. Stunning.

There were really only three close races - in the 2nd Ward, where Jeff Sponsel beat Mark McNeely by 17 votes; in the 4th Ward, where Tamara Sullivan beat Lucinda Franklin by 19 votes; and in the 5th Ward, where Kim Owens beat incumbent James Sleeth by 21 votes. These numbers are not yet official.

So what lies ahead?

Furgeson has been running on a three-point plan in which he has promised to:

1. Tighten up local government, curb government spending and improve government service through a "Leadership in Local Government Plan".

2. Keep the good jobs that Shelbyville is fortunate to have through a "Business Retention Plan".

3. And bring new and more diversified jobs to the city through a "Business Attraction Plan".

There haven't been a whole lot of details yet, but those, we presume, will follow now that the voters have spoken in favor of his intentions.

We wish Mr. Furgeson the best, there being nothing we'd rather see than good government and a strong and growing private sector.

Congratulations are in order; so, too are thanks. Thanks to outgoing incumbents Jeff Martin and James Sleeth for their work on the difficult issues that the Common Council has faced of late. Thanks especially to outgoing Mayor Frank Zerr, who leaves office with a list of accomplishments that should assuage the sting of defeat.

We mentioned the impressive compilation here a few days ago: Indiana Downs, an imposing Wal-Mart Supercenter, Indiana Wesleyan University, a movie theater, Intelliplex Park.

Shelbyville has been in good hands. Shelbyville will be in good hands when the new mayor and Common Council are sworn in in January. We are optimistic about the future.



Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, June 29, 2009
Article comment by: Citizen Kane

What, The Shelbyville News editor actually writing a LOCAL editorial?

Nah. No local editorials. Only if the mayor and his buddies and relatives find time to sit down and write them for the paper.




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