Last week, I criticized the Arena Authority for what I said was a flawed bidding process on the site demolition project.
Since then, I met with Authority Chairman Jim Host, and after lengthy discussions I'm now convinced the process has been honest and aboveboard.
But I also stand by our reporting 100%. While I now believe there was nothing shady about the Authority's actions, they still didn't comply with all the legal details the first time, and their answers to our reporter's questions about that were less than adequate.
In the end, these were errors of form rather than substance, but they were errors. The Authority's lack of effective communication was the primary cause of the controversy, and Mr. Host agrees it needs to pay much closer attention to its public and media relations in the future.
Having said all that, I also have to say:
Given this community's famous tendency to drag its feet on virtually every major project, we need people like Jim Host - people who get things done with a maximum amount of action and a minimum amount of talk. Without him, the Arena would be languishing in limbo like so many other projects. And when it finally is a reality, we'll have Jim Host to thank for it.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.