I don’t normally get to read the St. Louis Post-Dispatch but did catch the recently published opinion piece co-written by St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern and his Madison County equivalent, Alan Dunstan.
I was left scratching my head as to the timing and intent of their joint commentary titled, “Illinois site rational choice for NGA facility.” Even though I’m solidly in favor of the county’s NGA proposal, the commentary came off as self-serving and condescending.
Much of the Post’s readership is still smarting over the loss of their beloved Rams to Los Angeles. Attempting a Stan Kroenke-like impersonation at this juncture is a bit like breaking into a loved one’s house while they’re at the funeral.
Kern comes off like a boorish poker player with an unbeatable hand goading the other players with, “Go big or go home!”
The final NGA decision will not be made in the court of public opinion. Wouldn’t it have been better to just stand pat and wait and just see how the chips fall?
Regardless of the outcome, once the smoke clears. St. Louis metro area residents will have to continue to live and work together.
Kern can’t bring his tactless volley across the river back. He could take Harriet Nelson’s motherly advice and, “Go tell your brother that you’re sorry.”
Bill Malec, O’Fallon