His talk is much bigger than his walk.
All the same, both Don Allen and I believe in a free and open debate. Lennie emailed me over this issue and I'm happy to share the picture he sent and his communication in that regard, as follows...
If there is a need for a grocery store in the community, if my solution is opposed, what is the solution to the grocery store problem?
Mississippi Market has assisted in the revitalization of the Rondo Community on Selby and Dale. Mississippi Market provides 60-70 full and part-time jobs, brings revenue to the community, and promotes the livability of the community.
Again I ask, if there is a need for a grocery store in the community, if my solution is opposed, what is the solution to the grocery store problem?
I want to be one the people in the picture enjoying a cup of coffee, a sandwich, and visiting with the community like they do at Cuppa Java (there is not an outside eating spot on the Northside).
1901 Glenwood Ave North
Minneapolis, MN 55405
JNS responds as follows:
Lennie, Lennie, Lennie. Are you really trying that old and tired rhetorical trick of "if my solution isn't the right one, then tell me your solution or quit opposing mine"?
Lennie, if we were trapped on a desert island, running out of food and drinkable water, and you suggested committing suicide by jumping off a coconut tree, I'd be opposed to your lame solution. That doesn't mean, however, that I'd have an idea how to get rescued or provide resources right at that moment. All the same, the fact I couldn't come up with a viable counter-proposal to your idea off suicide-by-coconut tree DOES NOT OBLIGATE ME to become part of your scheme. I might even try to talk you out of YOUR plan.
Lennie, the old "suggest a better idea or quit opposing mine" argument is inherently stupid. If good and workable plans were so easy to come by, would we have so many difficult, lingering problems in this world? Clearly, we would not.
But, Lennie, can I really expect complex intellectual debate from somebody who heckles a public official and just shouts the same stuff over and over, as you did during the Fifth Ward DFL Convention?
No, it appears, I can't.
The very same plan in the hands of a different person might actually get me excited. But what does this remind me of?