Political Circus No. 1: The feud over the sidewalk on the west side of the courthouse was resolved by Republicans and Democrats working together. Now many months later, we have political circus No. 2: the baseball stadium construction feud between city officials, FEMA and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security over eight parcels of land.
No houses, no people, no families and no commercial buildings are located on any of the eight parcels. Furthermore, the city took possession of this land to stop future flood problems. Whoever came up with the frivolous, nearsighted, technical oversight the city can’t do with the land what it wants is engaging in over-regulation and overreach to stop construction on the baseball stadium.
I don’t want to comment on FEMA too much; this will make my blood pressure go sky high. FEMA and Homeland Security are two roadblocks. Then along comes Sen. Buck and Senate Bill 100. Buck plans on all work stoppage and wants to make sure Kokomo ends up with no baseball stadium at all.
Kokomo has been a major baseball town for decades. Highland Park has almost become an antiquated ball diamond. Sen. Buck needs to understand that there are many thousands of people in Kokomo and Howard County who really want this baseball stadium completed.
If Sen. Buck’s SB 100 passes and stops the construction of the stadium, the political fallout and feedback could define what’s called a political suicide. Another way of saying this is it could cause severe damage to Sen. Buck’s political career, because the Howard County voters are very intelligent people, Republican or Democrat, and they will take their anger out on Sen. Buck on Election Day, if he is the reason the stadium does not get completed.
Sen. Buck needs to do the right thing and work with Mayor Greg Goodnight and city officials to get this modern baseball stadium built.