Letter to the editor, Sept. 28, 2014
Constantly, I read of (wants) that Shelbyville, Bedford County discuss at their meetings.
After much-to-do about these frivolous lawsuits, how are these wants going to be financed? What kind of tax burden are we taxpayers in for? Many would like to have answers to these questions, not more "studies" by outside expensive firms, for a project that may never materialize.
According to the buzz about town, more of these lawsuits are forthcoming.
If the hammer falls in favor of future plaintiffs, where is the money for these settlements coming from? I suppose the old saying, "You can't get blood from a turnip, but you sure can beat the heck outta the tops," is truer than rain.
Forever, this old idea of an "Industrial Park" constantly emerges from the dust and later dies again.
I am supposing Shelbyville, Bedford County did heavily solicit the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga and the Mercedes plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to locate here.
This was fruitless because of two factors, no centralized Interstate system and no major waterway for barge shipment,
Shelbyville has neither of these, therefore solicitation for industry of any magnitude is useless and huge monies invested in an expensive park, in my opinion, is a complete waste.
This city and county simply don't have money to waste in these ancient ideas.
In my opinion, spending on the public square is a waste. We are not the successful city of Franklin!
The Shelbyville square has been expired for many, many years. Why must elected folks cling to this old idea of revitalization of this square?
Another thought to keep in mind is "black eyes" of many years ago, when industry and business were turned away because of paying more hourly wage than some local industry.
"Our workers may quit us for a better way of life" was the big factor.
Sometimes, devious practices of long ago are never forgotten.
I cannot forget the words of Franklin Yates, publisher and owner of the Times-Gazette for many years.
In the Feb. 19, 1973 edition, these words were printed, "We suspect new industry knows about as much about our city as most of us...and they just pass us by."
What this town needs more than anything is a reining in of all persons involved in "useless" wants and bungling decisions, but it may be much too late, already.
J. Augustus Woodward