Who is this guy and what has he done with Doug Wilder?
In a matter of just a few days, Mayor Doug Wilder has made moves toward ... toward ... hold on while I smack myself in the back of the head to get the word out ... compromise with two groups he seemed downright unbudgeable with last week: The Virginia Performing Arts Foundation and the Richmond School Board. ("Unbudgeable"? I'm a writer. If I say it's a word, it's a word.) In the first move, Wilder proposed a commission — including Jim Ukrop, president of the foundation (and lately the Obi Wan Kenobi to Wilder's Darth Vader. Or is it the other way around? That's a matter for another post.) — to study the arts-center situation and perhaps move beyond stalemate to a workable solution for everyone. Imagine that! In the second move, Wilder, who just days ago was throwing the School Board out on its butt like Felix Unger with the clothes flying and the door slamming all of sudden decides he won't kick the Board out of their City Hall offices by Jan. 1, as he insisted he would last week. Now he's given the Board time to find money in its budget for new headquarters and has given it until July 1 to move.
Doug, what gives? We elected you because you're so darn ... what's the word again? Oh yeah, unbudgeable.*
*The spellchecker didn't like unbudgeable either. It suggested "ombudsperson."