To the Editor: McOmber listens to citizens and takes time to explain his decisions
Written by Les and Sue Barber   
Friday, 25 October 2013 10:22
Perhaps another letter in support of Bob McOmber's re-election to City Council is not really needed, because Bob has surely earned the trust and confidence of every citizen of Bowling Green during his two previous at-large terms on Council. The city can only benefit from his continued work on our behalf. Nevertheless, we wish to go on record, as we did four years ago, in support of Bob's candidacy.
Bob manages to gather the trust and confidence of citizens from all political perspectives. He not only listens well to arguments from all sides of an issue, but always takes deliberate steps to assure himself that he fully understands issues and their implications for everyone.
Thus, when he explains how he intends to vote, and he always does so in public, both the defenders and opponents can feel satisfied, in a way, because they can see the logic in what he has decided to do.
Bob is particularly good at articulating his arguments and positions so that they are understandable to all. This is not only true with issues of finance, which is his undeniable area of special expertise, but with the full range of issues with which Council has to deal in any particular year. Those of us who live on the east side of Bowling Green have come to count on these qualities in Bob as we try to deal with the many problems which beset us. Not that he always votes as we would like. But, he is very good at brokering compromises, and even when he votes another way, we can understand the reasons why he must do so. In a particular recent matter, it was Bob who proposed and championed a zoning adjustment for the blocks on the north and south sides of East
Wooster Street at Prospect, an adjustment that allowed new commercial development to go forward, but also guaranteed that rental density in the area would be controlled.
Bob McOmber has clearly earned the vote of all citizens next month for one of the two at-large seats on City Council.
We would like to add one additional comment. In our view, Sandy Rowland has also done a fine job as an at-large member of City Council.
We support her for the second at-large seat.
Les and Sue Barber
Bowling Green
 

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