Another take on the hypocrisy of the News & Record

Yes!Weekly columnist Ogi Overman points out (much better than me) the hypocrisy of the N&R’s editorial board when it came down to whether or not they would endorse the Nov. 7th bond that will save War Memorial Stadium. 

Ogi was on the ‘other side’ in the 2003 baseball stadium debates… but he has a flawless memory of all the assurances and promises regarding War Memorial’s future that were exchanged during the heat of battle.  He starts in on the N&R, then takes it from there…

“…Someone (n)eeds to do a little research into the paper’s editorial stance during the drive to build the new downtown ballpark. It will not take long to expose them as hypocrites… Time after time, day after day, the paper assured the citizenry, not just the Aycock neighborhood but all of us, that War Memorial would not be neglected once a new park was built. They promised that it would remain a viable venue for amateur baseball as well as other events. They guaranteed that it would be spruced up and remain a living tribute to Guilford County’s World War I dead. You could look it up.

But it is one thing to lay bare your own duplicity, quite another to make all the rest of us liars. If this particular bond fails then every city leader, every pundit, every supporter of the referendum that allowed First Horizon to be built will have some ‘splainin’ to do.”  Read the whole thing.

Ogi and I became friends during “baseball” and his column affirms why I took to him.  Unlike some in the N&R’s editorial department… he is demonstrating that he is a man who stands behind his word.

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  1. Ann Stringfield
    Posted October 26, 2006 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Ogi Overman is now warmly welcomed into the fold of those of us he labeled as “peabrains” when we opposed the new stadium, preferring to see historic War Memorial Stadium refurbished and treasured.

    Local leadership seems to operate with a philosophy that when there is less visible evidence of our history,
    then their own hipocrisy is easier to ignore.

    Vote “YES” to Renovate War Memorial Stadium!

  2. Wayne R.
    Posted October 26, 2006 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    May the God of Your Choice bless you, St. Ann of Fisher Park.

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  1. By Piedmont Publius » Blog Archive » Sunset? on October 30, 2006 at 10:01 pm

    [...] I may have been I bit shrill last week when Hoggard quoted Ogi while exposing the N&R’s hypocrisy. Ogi may have seen the light on War Memorial, but I still remember during the stadium debate how he opined about GASP (Goobers Against Sensible Progess) and compared the “Fishers” and the “Aycocks” to the Hatfields and the McCoys. Hoggard and Ogi are friends now. That’s the thing about Greensboro: people on different sides of an issue always see the bigger picture. [...]