The Ryder Cup Wasn't the Problem (9/18/08)
After last weekend's storms knocked out power to hundreds of thousands, we heard complaints from a lot of people. They were mad at city leaders for promising that everything would still be in tip-top shape at Valhalla for the Ryder Cup, and accused them of ignoring the needs of average citizens in favor of "a bunch of rich tourists and golfers."
But they were wrong.
First, Valhalla sustained relatively little damage in the first place, and for the most part, power outages weren't even an issue.
But more importantly, it was perfectly appropriate for our leaders to make sure that event went off without a hitch.
The Ryder Cup isn't just another golf tournament. It's a legendary piece of sporting history. Landing it in Louisville boosted our community's economy and prestige on the world stage like nothing else. And because our success with the Ryder Cup will influence our future chances of attracting other major events, all of us have a large stake in its success. For the good of the community, we need to remain patient and let LG&E do the work.
And before you ask - yes, my power was also out. It still is.
Sure, it's inconvenient. But I am confident LG&E is doing everything they can to get power restored to everyone as quickly as possible -- Ryder Cup or no Ryder Cup.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.