Hank Bostwick of the Star City Harbinger has organized a group he has dubbed reThink Roanoke. The group will meet summit at The Water Heater at 813 5th Street SW tonight at 8:00. On the reThink Facebook group page about 44 have accepted the invitation including Council member Dave Trinkle. Court Rosen declined and others are maybes. You can check it out here if you are on Facebook.
Bostwick contends that it is a non-partisan all-inclusive group that aims to move a progressive Roanoke City agenda forward. But already Bostwick is laying down the law with the same oppression he claims to rail against.
Bostwick states that “Tuesday night at The Water Heater, we are asking that Summit participants come un-thug. Red-faced rants, demeaning diatribes, and yes, damn it, withering snark are not welcome.”
He reaches back to the past in a quote taken out of context regarding former Council member Brian Wishneff to make his “thug” premise. Certainly there have been other members of this Council who have made a few “snarky” remarks but only those Bostwick wants to denigrate fit his agenda.
Bostwick reaches out as a friend and apologist with one hand then turns around and smites with the other when readership at The Star City Harbinger wanes. He admits as much in his reThink.org post.
Reaching out to bury the hatchet with Mark Powell who has been a subject of SCH “snark” as has been “yours truly” Bostwick invited Powell to the summit. Powell accepted only to get another taste of Bostwick’s snark in this same post.
There has been no agenda released and the comments made on suggestions for topics is far ranging. Matt Ames says, “There’s too much bluegrass music here and not enough Vietnamese food.”
There are some good comments like preserving our mountains, reusing old buildings for office space versus building new and promoting a better understanding of the needs of the disabled.
James Glass would like to see “streamlining government with some examples being: paperless office, cloud computing, public art policies, decreased bureaucracy + increased transparency.”
The group reminds me of a Valley Forward “light” but it should be an interesting summit so you are encouraged to attend especially minorities as the list does not seem to include any. It also seems to lean heavily to the left.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Local Events, Roanoke City Politics
Tags: comedy, party_politics