From Addison Riddleberger at the N&R Letters to the Editor:
The Greensboro Coliseum Complex has lost more than $20 million of taxpayer funds over the last 12 years. Now our City Council, headed by Mayor Robbie Perkins, wants to force Greensboro taxpayers into funding what will no doubt be another failed, big-government recreational facility: the performing arts center. Greensboro’s liberal City Council wants us to pay more in taxes, yet it has wasted our hard-earned tax dollars on extremely large losses.
The city’s responsibility is to provide a robust infrastructure, which includes: waste disposal, clean water, libraries and city police — not recreation. The city’s objective is not being a for-profit business, but an aid to bringing business to Greensboro. The city is not to be providing recreation to people; private businesses and companies will do that. We need to have true entrepreneurs coming to Greensboro to create jobs, wealth and a better way of life. Nothing can be done to help Greensboro unless we stop wasteful spending and vote out irresponsible council members. If only the council would allow capitalists to do their jobs, we would experience prosperity once again.
From Ed Cone at Word Up:
So I guess we should go ahead and shut down the parks and soccer fields, or at least turn them over to for-profit companies?
Also, it’s wrong to say the Coliseum has lost $20 million — you have to balance operating costs against additional tax revenue generated to get the net cost of the facility to taxpayers.
There are lots of positions on the continuum between Riddleberger’s Libertarian view of no involvement and financing the downtown Performing Art Center. However, it is important that the facts are related properly. I, for instance, am in favor of spending for all sorts of recreational facilities, the Coliseum and even the PAC, if the process occurs fairly.
Riddleberger’s parents, a convicted ephebophile and a publicity whore, just returned from a two week cruise of the Caribbean. They obviously have the means to provide for nice vacations. However, the money spent by the City of Greensboro to fund and maintain recreational programs often serves those who pay taxes but do not have the means to go out of town for frequent vacations.
Riddleberger is the little punk who edited the video of Guilford County Commissioner Carolyn Coleman saying something she never said. Like his parents, he is a demonstrated bigot, racist and authoritarian right winger. His mother is a founding member of the Tea Party-affiliated C4GC. Like his mom, Addison also writes for The Greensboro Guardian.
If the Riddlebergers thought they could take advantage of Addison’s young age to put forth their hatred and intolerance, they are mistaken. I will disparage his articles just like anyone else’s. I pity the boy for having criminal sociopaths as parents, but I am not prepared to excuse a second generation Christofascist.