Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Iron City Deal: Kenney Urges Focus On Future (Especially The "Let's Not Dwell On Past" Part)

The recently announced settlement agreement concerning the decade-old Iron City beer water bill -- substantial discount, no money down -- apparently strikes Michael Kenney, executive director of the water authority -- as a good deal: "This will promote the productive reuse of the brewery site, and it clears the way for all to stop looking backwards and to begin working toward the future."

The "productive reuse" part finesses the manner in which several city administrations mishandled the brewery, which closed shortly after the Ravenstahl adminstration gave millions of public dollars to the brewery's owners to "save" the jobs there.

Mr. Kenney and the water authority have additional reasons to prefer that the public refrain from revisiting the past (especially if last week's reports of botched billing concerning already dubious insurance charges is categorized as part of "the past").

A list of people who hope the public will "stop looking backwards":

1. former free man Bernard Madoff
2. former Exxon Valdez captain Joseph Hazelwood
3. former family values scold Sen. David Vitter
4. former Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner
5. Michael Kenney
Infinonytune: Walk And Don't Look Back, Peter Tosh and Mick Jagger

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