An interesting letter to the editor of The Advocate recently caught my eye. It seems that homeowners on Staring Lane severely affected by Mayor-President Kip Holden’s Green Light Plan have been asking to meet with him for three years to no avail. To add insult to injury, the majority of the residents are senior citizens.
The author of the letter was responding to Holden’s comments in a previously published article ‘Politics in the Bleachers’ where the Mayor said “I try to make sure that I’m out with the people, because that’s the lifestyle I’ve lived pretty much since I’ve been in office.”
There is no doubt that our Mayor-President spends an inordinate amount of time out and about in the community. He can be seen dancing at festivals, shaking hands and kissing babies in what can be seen as a politically-based motivation. For an elected official, being highly visible is important for appearance sake.
Mayor-President Kip Holden should have responded to this group and others in our parish prior to announcing his re-election. Where the rubber meets the road is meeting with your constituents, returning phone calls, having sit downs with groups and individuals that have quality of life issues that affect their neighborhoods and families. The voters want action, not talk.
Until next time,
Red Stick Republican