Well, sports fans, it certainly has been quite the entertaining and spell-binding saga (read : public relations disaster), then. This action-packed drama perhaps better identified as the authoritarian and heavy-handed, albeit noble, struggle of CHARIMAN PAWLOWSKI — clearly bucking for HERO of the PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC CITY OF ALLENTOWN or something — to effectively, if not ruthlessly, crush any and all principled opposition to (Big Government-funded) Development and Progress as outlined by the “popular visionary”. A veritable high-stakes, if not necessarily transparent, bench-clearing brawl rages unabated all across the vast Lehigh Valley as a defiant City Hall strives to damn the lawsuit involving 19 local municipalities — convinced of the notorious NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT ZONE law’s lack of constitutionality — ahead and courageously persevere with the construction of the transformative, if not spectacularly expensive, $ 220.0 million dollar PALACE OF SPORT.
Readers may note that the price tag of the proposed HAMILTON STREET TAJ MAHAL FOR ICE HOCKEY has increased signifcantly by $ 60.0 million dollars since this particular blog last reported on the fast-moving situation back in March — then again, cost overruns are to be expected with this sort of massive spending project and the Chairman would probably prefer to avoid any and all “hysteria”, as stated over and over and over again by (handpicked?) pro-NIZ spokesman MIKE “Advanced Vocabularies R Us” FLECK on the notorious “NIZ Debate” hosted by local television station WFMZ-TV Channel 69.
Any plans the BROOKS BROTHERS, the undoubtedly anxious powerbrokers who own the American Hockey League’s Adirondack (N.Y.) Phantoms and saw construction in downtown Allentown screech to a virtual stop as a result of continued funding that just plain is not there at present some time ago, may or may not have to systematically raise ticket prices across the board to offset the additional $ 60.0 million dollars added to the final bill for Chairman Pawlowski’s Palace of Sport have not been reported by Pravda, er, ah, The Morning Call.
Meanwhile, here in the City With No Spending Limits, useful Comrade-columnist BILL WHITE has been diligently cranking out the Propaganda pieces for the local City Hall mouthpiece that most everyday folks would rationally as well as routinely identify as fishwrap all the while cheap-shotting the well-prepared, mild-mannered NIZ Debate participant, long-time local city activist as well as award-winning blogger MICHAEL MOLOVINSKY, with undeserved labels of “dour” and “misguided”. This from some clearly professional sock puppet (fashioning the obvious agenda) whose two greatest literary claims to fame are ‘stuffing his face at Musikfest’ and ‘staring at the pretty lights in the Parkway’. That to blatantly steal from others who have long ago noted their astute observations elsewhere.
“Governments rarely break even by shelling out handouts to sports franchises, says CHRISTOPHER BORICK, an associate professor of political science at Muhlenberg College who has researched sports financing and stadium construction. ‘You’d be hard pressed to show … that it’s worth the investment. The numbers don’t add up.’” —— “EXPLAIN IT TO ME! : WHY ARE WE FINANCING STADIUMS?” by KRISTINA GOSTOMSKI, published on April 22, 2009 by THE MORNING CALL.
Some in the People’s Democratic City and elsewhere would like to see the snarky Comrade-columnist pontificate on the above referenced material printed by the very same “newspaper” that pays his (handsome?) salary more often, as compared to blatantly swinging his highly-opinionated stick at a respectable senior citizen legitimately concerned with matters in his life-long hometown community.
However, the worst of the worst that the NIZ Cheerleader-Warriors particularly seem to revel in delivering with an unbridled passion and zest is traditionally reserved for the local blogger sometimes referred to as The Pope, on account of his proven track record of not-to-be-sneezed-at attendance figures.
Oftentimes, these nasty high sticking incidents can be viewed with the comments posted over at the blog formerly known as “LEHIGH VALLEY INDEPENDENT”. There, the serial character assasin sometimes known by his native American moniker, DANCES ON THE GRAVES OF DEAD GUYS, and his tag-team partner, the curiously and strictly anonymous FUTURE DOWNTOWN ARENA ATTENDEE, routinely assault the name of BERNIE O’HARE with calculating and deliberate low blows that would cause even the frolicking HANSON BROTHERS to blush like embarrassed little schoolgirls. Mere mention of that terrifying tandem and somewhere up there in heaven, former Soviet Union national team star VALERY KHARLAMOV is scurrying about frantically seeking protection for his tender ankles cast in nothing less than solid steel!
Fortunately for those on the side of Truth, Justice and the American Way of Private Investment Capitalism, the well-equipped O’Hare is not only of Irish descent — but thick-skinned as a result of extensive experience gleaned manning the chain gang at little league youth football games.
Chairman Pawlowski certainly has himself a very real problem in that this country is just NOT the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. American professional ice hockey teams are just NOT run by all-powerful state institutions such as the Army or, perhaps, a Ministry of Interior that oversees, among other things, the nation’s secret police. And, here in the United States, the athletic facilities for these privately-owned professional sports teams — whether state of the art or in a complete state of disrepair — are just NOT exclusively bought and paid for by in-the-tank politicians expanding their own personal power while bankrupting the sovereign State!
Molovinsky has been laboring for quite some time to document many, if not all, of the misplaced priorities Chairman Pawlowski and his all-Democrat Rubber Stamp Council of Apparatchiks have displayed again and again with respect to infrastructure and quality of life issues here in the once proud All-American City of Allentown. Most recently, the blogger rumored to be banned from all computers down at City Hall has re-visited the on-going concerns with respect to that vital link to the southside of town, the 55-year-old 15th Street Bridge, as well as the battered, 184-year-old old stone structure a quarter of a mile away, the heritage-filled Schreiber’s Bridge. Molovinsky has also lamented upon the the mounting crisis with respect to the public swimming pool situation in the City With No Spending Limits.
City Hall recently unveiled a typically ambitious, elaborate plan including a brand new Cedar Beach Pool, renovations to three other city pools, the conversion of Irving Pool to a “modern splash park” as well as the closing of Fountain Pool permanently. “That drew concerns among the public and council members alike, particularly the idea of a pool being closed in one of the poorer parts of the city while a more affluent neighborhood gets a destination splash park,” wrote COLIN MCEVOY of the EASTON EXPRESS TIMES without mentioning that Cedar Beach Pool, of course, would already be located in the wealthiest section of Allentown. Although it was revealed this “Swimming Towards The Future” program was estimated to cost $ 11.0 million dollars or thereabouts, naturally, it was not made exactly clear from what sources all THIS money is going to come from.
Chairman Pawlowski already has enough problems of his own with a monsterous hole the size of an entire square city block downtown on Hamilton Street, though. There is a joke making the rounds currently that a new swimming pool for inner-city residents does, indeed, now exist at the corner of 8th and Linden. Admission is thought to be free for the public even if proper bathing attire is required and the new facility actually did cost taxpayers a casual $ 35.0 million dollars or so to ‘construct’.
SENATOR PAT BROWNE was not consulted before production of this article took place. Partly because the GOOD BIG RINO, to quote a well-known, local radio personality, never bothered to huddle with this blog before hustling through the now-radioactive NIZ legislation and fair is fair. Mostly, truth be told, because these sorts of headlines, “Senator Pat Browne’s Wife Hired By Firms To Benefit From Hockey Arena Legislation”, as written by Colin McEvoy when the scandal first broke back in late January, just won’t do.
Not in my city. Not in my United States of America. Not on MY shift.
“Walk right up to the Tiger. Spit in his eye. Then shoot him.” —— HERB BROOKS, coach of 1980 United States Olympic gold medal ice hockey squad.
The NIZ is unconstitutional. It needs to go. Immediately.