WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon
Over time, politicians develop a style of management. As I reflect on the Mayor Finkbeiner era, I am reminded of a pinball machine.
Like the pinball, this mayor springs aggressively from someplace. He careens wildly around, ricocheting noisily about the city. Each project or problem receives only momentary focus. Awards bring bright lights and joy. Uncooperative city council leaders cause frustration and unhappiness. Regional development is a puzzlement. Victories are savored with a smirk.
But, in the end, the absence of a plan leaves too much to fate. The pinball too often slides past the flailing arms and disappears into a dark hole. As opportunity fades, all that remains is to tilt the game.