UPDATE: It's fair to say that Pawlowski doesn't think that the arena should be debated by the likes of Molovinsky, Thode, or for that matter, any citizen. In his op-ed piece in the Morning Call today, he ties it's completion to the success of the valley. He should be concentrating on quality of life issues in Allentown, that's the real gauge by which this city is measured.The moment Ianelli indicated the show started, Fleck started yelling, football stadium volume, in my ear. I managed to regain my composure, and make all my points. I did misspeak once, referring to the arena as the public portion of the project. It's hard to remember that so much public treasure is going to enrich private interests. I asked Sy Traub, head of the NIZ Board, why he could appear, but supposedly Hailstone couldn't, for legal reasons. He had no answer. Fleck's yelling prevented me from actually hearing Steve Thode. White implied that Thode had come with multiple props, I only saw one. Fortunately, he did come with a cigarette carton, prompting me to say something about the immorality of using CHIP funds for Reilly's benefit. Hopefully, Pawlowski will allow the debate to air Monday evening at 8:00p.m. on WFMZ69; but, if the electricity goes out on South Mountain Monday night, you'll know why.
UPDATE: Ed Pawlowski has an OP-ED piece in Sunday's Morning Call about the arena. Jeff Barber, debate participant, writes in a comment. Ed, You’re the first Mayor in years to lead Allentown out of a troubled past.... You’re not in this fight alone; they're are hundreds of us behind you. Barber may be correct about hundreds of people supporting the project, but that's not enough, there are 106,000+ people in Allentown.