If you Trinkle

My dear Aunt had a sign that hung in her bathroom. It read "If you sprinkle when you tinkle be a sweetie and wipe the seatie."

I'm thinking about getting a new version made.

"If you Trinkle..."

Today's Times Commentary Page features 2 side-by-side columns about the amphitheater drama.

One is by Our Own Vice-Mayor, the other by Tom McKeon, chairman elect of DRI's Board of Directors and Exec. Director of the Higher Ed Center.

Tom's argument that the amphitheater should be located downtown is clear, concise, and gives examples. It's not a great argument by any means - but a valid one, and understandable.

Trinkle however goes on the offensive from line 1: "Well here we go again: Council makes a decision; council members on the losing side endorse malfeasance, wrong process, no input, scandals; council reverses its decision; nothing gets done. Right? Wrong!"

He goes after the Times, the citizens, the downtown organizations and anyone with a thought in their head.

But remember, you are all stupid and wrong.

Well, maybe not so much stupid as uninformed on the issues. But that's ok - if you have a problem with it - he already knows it and has spoken with you. Right?

"I personally have met with every group and individual that I knew was opposed to the river site to better understand their viewpoints. I have never hidden my thoughts on this subject, and only with one e-mail two weeks ago did I encourage the rest of council to likewise weigh in on their thoughts. After all of this input over a long period of time, one differential came to my mind: Where should it be today or where should it be in the future?"

How about where should HE be today, or in the future? Another victim of the Peter Principle?

Then there's this gem: "Win or lose on votes, as I have, I will always lean more toward optimism and avoid the showmanship, negativity and misleading accusations that really have no place at this level of the political game. "

Followed a few paragraphs down by this curious line: "The bottom line was four council members who took the time to be fully informed voted for the river, and we are moving forward despite clear negativism aimed at derailing the project."

Is that to imply that 2 of them were not informed? We know Mr. Wishneff was not present, but Lea and Fitzpatrick were. I hesitate to think that either one of those two men would not be "fully informed", given that one of them was the Vice Mayor just prior to your little coup Mr. Trinkle.

But who am I kidding - the guy has it all, a job that gives him everything he wants - both with the city and with Carilion, a restaurant across the alley way with his picture painted on the backside across from his medical offices, a series of young, hip, Forward kind of people shining his shoes to get the next slot in the city council.

But he's right - I have to wonder how "fully informed" he was considering the city has previously cleared the area off Orange Ave. for an amphitheater.

Oh, wait. They did not have the money or support to build it then.. think they have the money now to start work on Reserve Ave.?

Want to bet?


Anonymous said...

Do you know Dave Trinkle? Do you have any idea how much Roanoke's future matters to him? Did it occur to you that the tone you take offense to in his editorial might come from passion, frustration and a courageous willingness to put his cards on the table? Do you know Dave well enough personally to question his integrity or intent? Obviously not...the Honorable part of his title is more than evident if you do know him - whether you agree with him or not. To prove my point, I challenge you to contact him directly and ask him to meet with you in person to discuss these issues. As one who does know him, I am confident that he will be happy to get to know YOU and your opinions. Unless, of course, it's easier to just blog anonymously instead of to risk actually putting it all out there like...well, like Dave Trinkle.

Sharon Rapoport
Roanoke, VA

RoanokeFound said...

Sharon, thanks for the comment. And while I normally would agree with you about such things - that one should not blog about things one does not personally know - unfortunately, I have met Mr. Trinkle - who I am sure is a lovely guy when not in political mode, but let's be honest.

They are not his cards to put on the table. He has not risked anything. His passion, as far as I have seen it, is to do things the way he wants them done - like most doctors. And, for the record - I have met with him, and watched his reaction as others asked him questions about issues.

He might be a great doctor, but he's a lousy politician.

Oh, and usually passion, frustration, and the willingness to put your cards on the table do not come across as condescending.

That's not the first time I've seen that either.