Tully, as the Star's political columnist, is entitled to voice his opinion. Indeed that is his job. Rather the problem is what he deliberately leaves out of his column, critical facts that he knew darn well would have undermined his argument. Instead of addressing those facts honestly, he just ignored them. That speaks of Tully's lack of intellectual honesty.
In the lengthy column, Tully never once mentions that $6 million in TIF money (our property tax dollars) will be going to Browning Development, one of the most politically-connected developers in Indiana. At the same time Tully is pleading for taxpayers to contribute more in taxes and fees, he can never bring himself to criticize taxpayers being asked to subside, and assume the risk, of the projects of private developers.
But that's not all. Tully never even once mentions that the Whole Foods is simply part of a much larger development, a four story apartment building that will tower over Broad Ripple. To build such a large structure, the developer will have to get a zoning variance. Should Browning Investments get a variance to build a structure when others have to follow the zoning rules that limit the size of their buildings. What impact will this behemoth of a project have on the character of Broad Ripple?
And what about the additional traffic? Just south of the project off of College Avenue is one of the most congested intersections in the city. Traveling on Broad Ripple through the heart of the village, you are often faced with stalled bumper-to-bumper traffic. Traffic and congestion have become a way of life in Broad Ripple and this project will make that worse. Yet does Tully say a word about traffic and congestion? Nope.
If Tully were honestly doing his job, he would acknowledge the arguments of the other side and explain why those arguments are invalid. Tully though is obviously not interested in sparking an honest discussion of the issue.
I get it that a columnist like Tully is supposed to express his opinion. That doesn't mean the columnist should disingenuously omit facts that he knows are critical to the public's decision as to whether the columnist is correct in the opinion he expresses. Yet that is exactly what Matt Tully does...once again.