The city of Baton Rouge should be the gem of Louisiana, but because of years of neglect, we don’t make a favorable impression on visitors. We all endure the gridlock that is all too familiar.
We should all applaud Mayor-President Kip Holden for his initiative to initiate the road reconstruction of essentially country roads in the city. Some of the mayor’s proposals have been too grandiose for the funds available, and he seems to be at odds all too often with other leaders in the parish.
I’ve tried to follow President Pro-Tem Mike Walker in his effort to unseat Mayor Holden, but all I can find is his anti-crime position.
We need to hear more.
Everyone will agree that the crime rate is the most-urgent issue we face, but Walker must outline his vision of the continuing effort to bring Baton Rouge into the 21st century.
We don’t need hundreds of people taking more road trips to other cities like Austin to figure out what needs to be done. It takes money, which is in short supply, so we need a mayor who can work with leaders from the nine parishes in the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area to make the decisions to spend the dollars we have wisely and that are best for all residents of the area to continue to improve our community.
Everyone would have to make sacrifices, but everyone would benefit and everyone could be proud of the capital city of the great state of Louisiana.
We need to hear more from the candidates on their plans for our future on all the major issues.
retired IT manager