Friday, May 18, 2007

Cabrini Parking Hearing

We can surmise from the pan shot of the people in attendance at the meeting that there was opposition to the planned acquisition. Since the Town Talk and KALB have both done puff pieces to fulfill their obligation to cover the story, can anyone else enlighten the rest of us as to what transpired? How good is Cabrini's case and how sensible and adamant is the opposition?

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Deal? Or No Deal?

Not to be the pessimist, but it is hard to bake a cake without the proper amounts of the correct ingredients and Cyntreniks was short 138.72 pounds of Ben Franklins to make the Bentley deal stick. Time to move on. The Bentley has historic significance to our community and is in need of preservation, no doubt. Who among us has the finances or business acumen to feed the white elephant all it will consume to have as a status symbol we can refer to as a landmark? Can a consortium of local investors be assembled to form an operating group that can lease the Bentley from Mr. Dean and have a satisfactory outcome? So far, no one in our community is stepping up - so why would any outsider be more aggressive. Does anyone have any observations that would make the downtown environment conducive to the economically viable operation of the Bentley Hotel? I would close by saying that we should all realize that Mr. Dean owns the Bentley hotel - not any one of us. It is rather disrespectful to discuss the outcome of the Bentley without the input of Mr. Dean - after all, it is he who owns the property. Any thoughts?

Monday, May 14, 2007

It's Deja Vu All Over Again!!!

Little did I know that the previous post was an invitation for the Board of Directors of Cabrini to feel the minds of the citizens of Alexandria had gone blank also. There is no need to ask why - just how many attempts are they going to make before success in blacktopping ballparks is achieved. Maybe Rapides needs to be the primary caregiver of choice for a while until they see the error of their ways. Care for the community ? - my fat hairy ass!!!!