Let’s keep the pot stirred by returning to this post, which you may reread at your leisure:
Familiar Tribune guest columnists (ahem) expose 1SI, Councilman Cappuccino.
Forget Cappuccino; he's a bit player in more ways than one.
In the article, I recounted sending Michael Dalby, One Southern Indiana’s president, all pertinent links to recent NAC articles on the topic of his organization’s newfound affiliation with an evangelical lobby group that opposes abortion, stem cell research and gay marriage, to name just three ROCK (Reclaim Our Culture Kentuckiana) planks that have nothing whatsoever to do with economic development.
To illustrate the organization’s subsequent stonewalling and circling of wagons, I published the text of Dalby’s only response to date, one that entirely avoided any mention of the issues raised, and instead bizarrely recited 1SI’s mission statement by rote as though the mantra alone might somehow make the questions go away.
NAC’s Bluegill offered a comment, Healthblogger answered, and we were off to the races, with the subject turning away from ROCK and toward 1SI's stance on transportation issues. Just imagine if 1SI were committed to such an exchange of ideas.
Here is the dialogue to date.
Dalby's disingenuous response is just the latest in a precedent setting history.
Again, it will be interesting to see which, if any, of the community and business "leaders" who've aligned their and their institutions' reputations with 1SI will have the fortitude to address the dishonesty ingrained in much of what the group says and does.
With their noted silence on matters thus far, could the establishment be acting anymore like the Establishment?
Give all the readers some concrete examples of the "dishonesty ingrained in much of what the group says and does."
I for one would like to see what you are referring to.
HB said: "Give all the readers some concrete examples of the dishonesty ingrained in much of what the group says and does."
This request is somewhat amusing given Dalby's response to Roger. To accept what he says as true, you'd have to believe that, even with links to NAC posts that both quote and provide additional links to original source material, Dalby's reading comprehension is so poor that he legitimately doesn't know what Roger's talking about. If Dalby wants to really claim that and then try to justify why someone with such poor skills should lead economic development in the region, it'd be interesting.
Quotes from 1SI's web site about our current interstate/transportation situation:
Clark and Floyd Counties offer a complete intermodal transportation system. The converging of three major interstates (I-65, I-64 and I-71) provides the area with the best access to markets across the country.
Many companies have located here to enjoy the outstanding transportation system. See how you can enjoy the "Best of Both Worlds" by continuing through our site.
For business, the Southern Indiana/Louisville area is rated as having one of the best interstate highway systems in the country. Interstate highways running through the Southern Indiana/Louisville region include: I-65, I-64, I-71, I-265 and I-264.
A quote from 1SI's One Weekly newsletter in June:
We need to make the argument that the current bridges situation has gotten progressively worse in recent years and is clogging up the movement of goods, services, and employees.
We are seeking to collect information on how the congestion is negatively impacting your business. If you have an example of the problem, please take a moment and reply to this email (or give us a call at 945-0266 and we'll transcribe it) so that it can become a part of our public relations campaign.
The strongest argument will be situations that impact "just in time" deliveries (especially where you get product from or supply products to Kentucky) and that have forced you to change processes (timing, etc.) or that have negatively impacted a decision for growth or made you (or your owners) consider moving.
Anyone care to explain how "the best access to markets across the country" via "one of the best interstate highway systems in the country" is driving businesses away?
Be careful, though. If you follow the logical path that suggests the "best interstates" don't necessarily lead to the best business opportunities, Michael Dalby might tell you that you could be right but we're funded (which also isn't true) for interstate expansion anyway. That's what he told me when he couldn't answer questions about how 1SI's transportation plan provided more long-term benefits to the region than alternatives.
There are other examples but this is as good a place to start as any.
The statements listed by Bluegill are neither false nor misleading.
We do have an interstate system that is very attractive to businesses.
We also have a bridge system that has problems. Although this is a negative, it does not dismiss the fact that we still have an attractive interstate system overall.
We need to address the Bridge situation to prevent it from further diminishing the positive interstate system.
Nothing that has been stated by Dalby is dishonest.
You just don't like the answers.