By Carol A.O. Wolf
To understand why our city has so many potholes, and more significantly why our parents and teachers must beg City Council to fully fund our schools and students are walking out of class to protest poor conditions, you need to know how we got here.
This is a sad and shameful tale about a steal of a deal made in 2012 by Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones, the Washington Redskins, Bon Secours Health System and the city’s so-called Economic Development Authority, and how they helped create the colossal clustermuck that are the city’s finances today.
This tale of Richmond resembles nothing so much as the children’s fable, “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Both stories are about the stupidity and gullibility of a vainglorious leader whose key advisers refused to see, hear or speak the truth when the Emperor, claiming to be wearing a marvelous outfit, was, in fact, buck naked.
In the Richmond version of this story, besides being gullible and silly, the mayor, his advisers, and all the Richmond backers who pushed this steal of a deal are also really bad at math.
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