FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that age have reportedly taken its toll on the Veterans Memorial Coliseum?…the classic old structure that has seen many a wrestling matches, basketball games and a series of rock and roll concerts in the 1970s and 1980s like our roads, sewers, and sidewalks is making news for the shoddy condition that it has been allowed to creep into?…this list of up and coming rock and roll bands that played at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum were KISS, Golden Earring, Thin Lizzy, The Eagles, Bachman Turner Overdrive, REO Speedwagon, and Dan Fogelberg?…that is just a few of the legends that graced the stage before they became international stars?…even in its poor condition we expect that the Veterans Memorial Coliseum has better financial results on an annualized basis than the Ford Center, the Old National Events Centre, and the Victory Theatre combined or individually?IS IT TRUE the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Mesker Amphitheater are the two venues that could always be counted on to bring emerging acts to Evansville and now from an entertainment perspective both are dormant?…they were intentionally vanquished to make room for the newer that hasn’t turned out to be better?… the City and the County have spent many millions of dollars on temples too, sports, tourism, questionable zoo projects and other less than successful entertainment venues with taxpayer dollars? …the consequences of the infatuation with fun and games projects has resulted in a city of dreams unfulfilled that cannot afford to repair the basic things like sewers, water pipes, and roads?IS IT TRUE were told that there are as many comps tickets given away for the Evansville Thunderbolts home games than paying customers? …at this point its obvious that Swonder would be a more cost-effective place for the Thunderbolts to play?…it also looks like the semi-pro hockey fans of this community have seemly lost some interest in hockey since the Evansville IceMen left town? …it is a shame that it cost us $127 Million to find that out?IS IT TRUE that we are pleased in the ways that our three (3) Vanderburgh County Commissioners are conducting the people’s business? …we commend County Commission President Ben Shoulders, Vice Chairman Jeff Hatfield, and members Cheryl Musgrave for studying the issues and making “Good Public Policy” decisions?IS IT TRUE that the City-County Observer is proud that our former Editor and sometimes content contributor Joe Wallace has completed writing a book that had its origin in Evansville during his time at the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville?… Wallace has been kind enough to share his unedited manuscript with the CCO and we are startled at the relevance that it has in business and in life?…in the prologue he credits a meeting that was being scheduled by some members of the GAGE Board of Directors to “think outside the box” about a problem that needed a solution?… Mr. Wallace writes that from his mouth came the words, “what good is it to think outside the box if no one has the courage to live outside the box”?…this brief question should be applied to all of the legacies of problems that face the City of Evansville from sewers, to roads, to schools, to spending large sums of borrowed money on silliness?IS IT TRUE that in spite of the summer of 2019 publication date, there are already advance orders for “Living Outside the Box” by Joe Wallace of over 1,000 copies including 100 by the City-County Observer?…we believe that Evansville will be a solid market for Wallace’s book as he was an important part of driving many thousand unique readers and serveral million page views per year to the City-County Observer?IS IT TRUE that Joe’s book has lessons on having big impacts and not letting the dominant forces of business and government put you in a box?…the following excerpt comes from an early chapter where Wallace issues a call to action as opposed to a call to just talking? …Joe has shared profiles of people who have made positive contributions to the human condition from the wheel to modern computers? …the excerpt for today goes like this: “The words “Living Outside the Box” always make an impact and I hope it will make one on the readers of this book. As you will see, it is those who take actions that really change the world. Words inspire, perspectives provoke thoughts but it is only through deliberate actions that progress is made to positively impact the human condition and thus change the world.”?IS IT TRUE its been reported that Income inequality is creating a “deeply shocking” trend: Billionaires are not only growing wealthier and adding to their ranks, but the poorest half of the world is losing wealth at a time when the world’s economy is expanding? …that research shows that economic climate is accruing outsized gains to billionaires, whose fortunes rose by 12 percent last year, while the poorest half of humanity — 3.8 billion people — saw their wealth decline by 11 percent? …with the benefits of the economic expansion shifting to the world’s richest people, billionaires are adding $2.5 billion in wealth each day? And every two days, a millionaire jumps into the ranks of the billionaire class?IS IT TRUE that 6th Ward City Councilman James Brinkmeyer is doing a good job as the President of that elected body?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you think it’s time for our elected officials to discuss renovating the Veterans Memorial Coliseum?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.