WTOL Editorial: It's none of your business, Mayor

WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon
WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon

Lame duck Mayor Carty Finkbeiner keeps sticking his nose into the United Way building. I don't know what he smells, but pushing private property owners around is just plain wrong.

He thinks being mayor gives him the right to tell people what they can do with their property. In classic Carty style, he's tried to intimidate key United Way board members and even locked out the press when he was assessing the building.

Maybe he didn't want negative images shown on TV. And he's right -- leaking ceilings, cracked walls, holes in the roof, faulty wiring and cramped and outdated office space expose the building as one that's not worth saving. Only Carty could conclude that not showing these building flaws on TV would sweeten his argument that the building should be saved.

Come on, man. Get real.

The bottom line is that this is private property. The destruction of the building, if it happens, will be paid for by a United Way fund. The city will contribute nothing to the new building.

And nothing is what the mayor should have to say about it.