We all mistakes, including us and including the time Susan sent an email with our blog address wrong and thereby sent recipients who clicked on it to a religious website... thank the Lord. It could have been worse. Now it’s attorney/Chair of the Hamilton County Dems. Tim Burke’s turn to cause confusion in his role as Cincinnati Democratic Party Precinct Executive. Forgive us if we’re a little amused by the publicity about his getting a meeting time wrong in a letter he sent to other Cincinnati precinct executives. And The Beacon’s critique of a rhetorical device they claim he used in the letter? So what else is new? Using rhetorical devices is one of his specialties as far as we're concerned, and we thought he used them liberally on council floor when he tried to explain/defend/spin his rewrite of our urban renewal ordinance two years ago. Here's one of his gems from shortly before the Norwood case decision, though we're not sure what device to call it:
"There's an awful lot of confusion and misinformation about eminent domain," Burke said. "On rare occasions, communities like Norwood need to have eminent domain to make substantial improvements in the community."
Now that he has had time to digest the Ohio Supreme Court decision, perhaps Mr. Burke is a lot less confused and misinformed about eminent domain and how communities like Norwood can lawfully use and not abuse it.