Local news media reported on Monday that local commentator Paul Goldman and Del. Manoli Loupassi (R – Richmond) sent a letter to Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones, addressing the need for public input prior to the decision being made about a baseball stadium in the Shockoe Bottom.
Readers may wonder about the lack of direction on the matter of a baseball stadium in the bottom, because after all, the Redskins training facility has been taken care of with little or no input from the people of Richmond.
Local lawyer, Paul Goldman, makes perfect sense when he points out in his letter to the mayor that the city of Richmond is dealing with an educational crisis that rivals the educational climate in the city during the post-segregation period.
Calling education "the great equalizer," the mayor is reminded that Governor Bob McDonnell, as well as the two Gubernatorial candidates have publically committed to working to solve the problem of inadequate and outdated educational facilities.
This is all too real an issue, and one that will cost the people of the state and the city of Richmond. Mayor Jones and the Richmond City Council has got to step back and finally realize that we can't throw around money we don't have.
The most critical point that needs to be made is this: The money in the city coffers does not belong to Mayor Jones. It is there, entrusted to the citizens of Richmond, intended to be used with discretion and only after much thought by everyone concerned.
So come on, people. This is our city, and these are our children we're talking about. Their education is critical to the growth of our city, as well as to their own personal growth. Let's not do something stupid that we will later regret.