Thursday, August 23, 2007

A Ruth Ann Dailey column I liked ...

I’ve done my share of Ruth Ann Dailey bashing over the … well, year, but since she seems to have an anti-liberal bug, I don’t feel too bad about it. But I do claim to be even handed, willing to admit when a conservative says something I agree with. So, I feel I have to say I thought her column today was quite interesting and even impressive. The issue of city-county merger has been a daunting one for city politicians, in part because no one can see a reason for the numerous little county municipalities to participate. Ms Dailey approached the issue from an entirely different angle, noting how communities are connected not only by duplicated services in close proximity, but by the effects of development on neighboring towns. How county services are stretched because development in one town doesn’t have to take account of its effect on other towns. Granted, she rambled a bit about cars and so on, and I didn’t follow the map entirely because I don’t live in the suburbs, but by and large it was a good start at developing an argument for merging the little towns of the county. I hope to see more of it.

2 comments:

Matt H said...

Ed,

saw you had a letter to the editor in the PG today.

EdHeath said...

Matt, right you are. If you look at the online version, you get the link to the KDKA story. I should have linked something from the hearing, but I was too wrapped up in it having happened in the last couple of days. I don't say anything about it, but of course the Ethics Board largely exonerated the Mayor, FWIW.