I think Alderman Greg Helding has the potential to be a very effective local political leader. He is smart, articulate, knowledgable and hard working. He is often the voice of reason on the city council. Because of his intelligence and promise, I will hold him to a higher standard.
I was reading Mike Moore's column in the JT yesterday. At the end of the article, Helding indicated that the city should look for other sources of cash than those provided by "the gravy train of cable franchise fees."
My issue is that Helding's first instinct was to look for "other sources of cash" when the city faces the possibility of lost revenue. "Other sources of cash" invariably means more taxes or fees.
It would be wonderful if there could be at least one alderman who's first instinct is to ask what spending can the city do without. Could that alderman be Greg Helding?