It’s been interesting to watch the private option battle in the fiscal session of the legislature. Two of our senators, Sanders and English, have been prominent players in the passage of the option on the Senate side. Sen. David Sanders was one of the chief architects of the option last year and Sen. Jane English parlayed support for her workforce bill in exchange for her support of the private option. So, the Senate has passed the option, but we are waiting on an obstinate House of Representatives, that must to put together 75 out of 100 votes to pass it. They are still a few votes short.
Rep. Mark Lowry was a latecomer to support the option, but he voted in support of the bill, which has still failed to pass after four votes. I support passage of the option and don’t understand opposing it, but the votes are split with mostly Republicans opposing it.
Recycling week 2; now we have to sell it
Driving around the neighborhood on the first day of "single-stream" recycling, I didn’t see very many blue bins set out for pickup. As a matter of fact, mine was the only house that had multiple bins.
So, the city didn’t do a good job rolling out the recycling program, but they can save face by doing a better job of promoting it. Bill Lawson wrote a nice article for last week’s paper that should have run about a month ago if the city had been paying attention.
They could talk about the positive aspects of recycling from both a local and global standpoint. Maybe they should run an ad, put a banner on the Boulevard, and promotional signs on all the city vehicles. They could cross promote it on your water bill and "service fee" notices.
Maybe they could offer a small sign to those who do recycle that says, "I recycle." We have the mechanisms in place. Now, let’s sell it to the people.
I love single-stream recycling, although I still wish glass were part of the curbside program. I will participate and support it 100 percent. Now do your part.
Meeting with the pool people
I had a meeting with some of the people supporting the building of a $6 million to $10 million aquatic center, one of the several bond issues under consideration by the City Council to land on the November ballot. I had written a few negative comments regarding supporting such an expensive initiative. Beyond the initial construction, the city would also be facing an approximate half-million-dollar annual maintenance and operation budget. To what extent can that be offset by usage fees? How long will it take to pay off?
One of their more abrasive supporters bashed me on Facebook, and I understand has used his assault-style campaigning on at least one other reporter and others who dare to oppose or question the center. He might want to change his approach. He’s not gaining much support.
I listened politely to their less than compelling argument to construct such a facility, but I asked them to put together their best case and I would give it full consideration. So far they have more or less said, "we want it," "we need it" and "we should get it." I’m afraid the voters are going to need more than that.
As a matter of fact, since I am a PR consultant, I advised them if they didn’t put together a more compelling case and approach this like a political campaign, I felt like they will lose. I’ll let you know what they come up with.
Put your bins up
One reader expressed her disappointment that so many people leave their bins sitting out longer than the allowed "sundown rule." So here’s your reminder: at the end of the day on your recycle or trash bin day. Put ‘em up!
See you on the Boulevard.
Neal Moore is COE (Chief of Everything) at Neal Moore Creative, a PR, advertising and marketing consultancy. If you have a community concern or if you’re just irritated about something contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter, @kneelmore.