Mom, apple pie, Chevrolet … and NA-FC Parks Department?


I’ve never harbored any doubt that Roger Jeffers, the parks department superintendent, does a good job. I’ve heard nothing but praise for him. For all I know, he quite possibly is the finest local administrator of them all.

So, given the tenor of his comments ever since the mayor’s parks secession project was announced, pardon my insouciance in asking: Was Roger Jeffers ever elected to anything?

And: Do residents of Floyd County (of which, at last glance, New Albany remained a part) answer to Jeffers, or does he answer to us?

Look, of course it’s tough. You take a job, and then things change without warning. It’s also called life, and sometimes politics, and it’s something that happens to working people all the time. When it does, they adapt … or get swept away.

But when Jeffers switches from hired hand mode to aspirant Gallup pollster, it’s rather embarrassing: “The citizens are not happy,” opines the super, and yes, the ones bothering to call him probably are. Me? I’m perfectly happy. Need I phone the Rajah to provide the other side of the story?

It might be easier for him to dismount the high horse and realize that Generalizations typically are Hell. It might also be the case that if citizens genuinely are unhappy — as oh so many city residents have been during county’s government’s merrily irresponsible period of chronic parks underfunding — this discontent will indeed be manifested at the polls when voting time comes.

To repeat: Parks are damned important, and for numerous reasons, but there are as many different ways to have, use and operate them as there are governmental entities. The NA-FC parks board’s current theme of “Just the Way We Are” is one such strategy. It is neither the only way, nor a religious commandment set in balsa. Can someone representing the parks-business-as-always side of the aisle please conjure a persuasive argument? My eyelids are drooping, already.

They cannot plausibly deny that there are other organizational models. As for the “duplication of financing” arguments, we already have a profound example of non-duplication: The county’s decade-long decision to not pay its share. No duplication there. All we seemingly have left is the argument from gloom and doom: If we cannot continue doing something the way we always have, there will be floods, pestilence and cross-dressers descending upon us.

As Nero Wolfe once observed, “Pfui.”

Bluegill provides the closer:

Jeffers: “That makes me not want to work for either side to tell you the truth.” Me: “OK.”

In the newspaper (remember to lower the volume so you don’t have to listen to the automatically generated sales dentist): Floyd County moving ahead with parks plan; Jeffers doubtful city can handle transition in two months, by Daniel Suddeath.