Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Akron: Here we go again
IN A WORLD of uncertainty, there is one matter that remains rigidly in place: Warner Mendenhall, the Akron lawyer and former city councilman, thinks Mayor Don Plusquellic is insufferable.So he is launching another crusade against him. This time, he is leading an effort to have the mayor recalled. He says it will take him several months to organize the challenge to the mayor. If Mendenhall and his allies persist in hating Plusquellic, it's a free country. What isn't free is the projected cost to taxpayers by a fellow who has fiercely opposed taxes. Elections officials estimate the tab to be $160,000 at a time when every penny counts. My guess is that it would cost more, both in money and distraction from the grave economic matters that will confront all cities in the months ahead. And to be spent to oust a six-term mayor who has won awards for his leadership, the most recent from the International Economic Development Council?