It’s my belief that should one consider voting for Steve Ketterer for City Treasurer or George Hartwick for County Commissioner this coming Tuesday the 17th, they are simply dreaming of the past and voting for Steve Reed.
Regardless of the success or failure of our current mayor, the changing of the guard *needed* to happen.
Financially, socially and structurally, Harrisburg is in a delicate, precarious and injured state. This state would be nearly exactly what it is right now if Rudy Giuliani or Ed Koch or Richard Daley were elected mayor of Harrisburg instead of Linda Thompson.
The biggest problem with Linda, in my opinion, is her lack of communication skills, management skills and general intelligence.
There are many moving parts even in our local government that, regardless of who’s at the helm, would take YEARS to line up in order to take care of the financial quagmire we’ve been sinking in for nearly two decades.
My point is: Yes, Linda and Co. suck. But let’s not revert back to the safety of a proverbial ex-lover by voting for Reed’s top capo Steve Ketterer or “consigliere” Hartwick just because those are the names we’ve known for years. (By the way – Ketterer’s picture in the paper of him in the river is cute and all, but what does that have to do with accounting and collections in a bankrupt city?)
It’s just like sucking it up on a lonely night after breaking up with an abusive partner when you’re longing for the safety and comfort of better times. Yeah, you know her hair smells pretty and she’s probably good for a quick romp, but you’re going to feel pretty s*&tty in the morning when you take that walk of shame back out to your car.
Because it’s time for a fresh start and a clean slate.