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Monday, October 19, 2009

Issue 9 Video: Channel 12 Newsmakers

Please watch this video. Tom Luken and Roxanne Qualls answer questions about Issue 9 on Channel 12 newsmakers.
Tom Luken is introduced as the "spokesperson for Issue 9." Let me just say that if HE is the spokesperson for Issue 9 then we have nothing to worry about. What I mean is, that he does a HORRIBLE job answering questions, in fact, he doesn't even answer the questions he is asked directly. When he does attempt to answer these very fair questions it is very clear that he has no valid argument for Issue 9 whatsoever and jumps immediately to a defensive, almost combative stance.
On the other hand, Roxanne Qualls does a very nice job of explaining her support for the streetcar project and clearly explains the danger of Issue 9 and why she does not support it. She gives very valid, clear and concise arguments that are obviously well informed and you can immediately tell that she has really put the time in to research the subject and give us a solid picture of what Issue 9 is all about.
If Issue 9 was written by people like Tom Luken and you watch this video, you can easily see that they do not have the well being of Cincinnati in mind at all. Not only that, but you start to get the sense that they really have no valid argument for Issue 9 at all. That explains why they immediately revert to being argumentative and quite unwillingly to participate in civil debate. Why? Because they know if they answer questions directly they will expose the ignorance and irresponsibility in proposing an amendment to our charter such as Issue 9.

Here are the links to the videos, they actually had to extend the length of the program because nothing was accomplished in part 1, mostly because of Tom Luken's inability to clearly answer questions:


Jason said...

Oh and I wanted to add one more point:
The fact that Tom Luken was actually the mayor of this town in the past says a lot about how we got into the mess we're in now.

Jenny K said...

I am proud to say I made it through both parts of the video watching it online... it took every ounce of strength I had to not turn it off.

Luken did a spectactularly terrible job of representing Issue 9 during that... exchange. I really hate that at nearly every "debate" I've been to, Issue 9 supporters have made it their mission to turn a rational adult debate into a nitpicky bitchfest more suitable for the schoolyard than reasoned discussion.

It shows that they really have nothing to fall back on except for confusing the public by starting arguments. Hopefully enough people watched this Local 12 piece and realized how ridiculous this proposal actually is.

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