4. If the proposed compromise that has yet to be unveiled is such a good model for success, why aren’t more communities abandoning the approach the foundation has taken and executed with bipartisan support? Why is Logansport suddenly special in this approach?
5. How will the agenda for a new group of leaders be different from the agenda the foundation already has? In the spirit of accountability that Mayor Franklin has mentioned recently, it’s a fair question, and accountability has not always been forthcoming. During his campaign last year, Franklin mentioned a plan for lowering gas prices locally, yet the details of that plan have yet to emerge as gas prices pumped us up again for the Fourth of July weekend.
6. Don’t our public officials have enough to do with their current job descriptions without taking on another board assignment? Or is the real question here that in an effort to blame someone else for a lack of progress, this is really more about a political move than a practical one? Will this become a convenient excuse that allows public officials to use the excuse that they are less visible because they are working on economic development?
7. What kind of jobs will the new leadership prioritize, or avoid? Will it be taboo to recruit corporations that hire union workers and offer higher wage jobs, or will the new leadership be proactive in recruiting companies that could put local businesses and industries out of business?
8. Will the public officials serving on this board agree to forego political contributions from companies and corporations the board agrees to support with funding for infrastructure or economic development?
Those are some of the questions average taxpayers ought to be asking of their city officials, who shouldn’t always assume that their sentiment or legislation resonates with everyone.