Tuesday Letters: Baddourah has no vision for Columbia

08/19/2014 12:00 AM

08/18/2014 6:14 PM

Columbia City Councilman Moe Baddourah has to be the poorest example of an elected official you could find. What an excuse-laden commentary he wrote (“Just because we build it doesn’t mean they will come,” July 31). He says that as an elected official he had to make tough decisions, but I haven’t seen him make anything but “can’t do” decisions.

He doesn’t lead, and is totally myopic. In all the cities with baseball stadiums (all seven that surround us), their civic leaders exhibited vision. Gov. Carroll Campbell had that vision against huge criticism with BMW, and we all know how that went.

When I spoke before the City Council in support of the baseball stadium, I asked the councilman if he had gone to Greenville to see the ballpark and the excitement and success; he said he had. Then I asked him why he couldn’t see that same excitement for Columbia; I just got a deer-in-the-headlights look.

The conclusion of his column, “Just because you build it, doesn’t mean they will come,” is typical for his negative outlook. He should check the Charlotte Knights in their new ballpark in downtown Charlotte. Through June, they had more than 400,000 in attendance, breaking all records for attendance in that league. No, Mr. Baddourah, when we build it in Columbia, they will come.

John Livoti

Columbia

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