Tim Chitwood: Don't bust a SAG at the Steeplechase

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 17, 2013 

A cocktail party occasionally interrupted by a horse race, it's Monday Mail.


Today we have this email in regard to a Nov. 9 column on the near-misses you may encounter in downtown Columbus, specifically this line: "Between those close calls came another on Nov. 2, when most heavy drinkers should be either at a football game or horse race and not trying to drive and talk on a cell phone at the same time":

Mr. Chitwood:

I agree with you about the crazy drivers. You really have to be defensive. But I was curious as to what your statement that the heavy drinkers should be at the Steeplechase or a football game meant? I assume you do not like football or anyone who participates in the Steeplechase.

Judy McCarley.

Dear Judy:

Did you say anyone who participates in Steeplechase is a heavy drinker?

Why would I dislike heavy drinking during events? I recall a night in the 1990s when heavy drinking made me thoroughly enjoy even a live TV broadcast of a Columbus Council meeting.

I've enjoyed drinking at Steeplechase, too. I quit because of the drive home.

But you're right in that I don't care about football. I gave up on that long ago.

Among the lessons I learned 1978-1982 at Auburn University was that caring about football can make you a cynic, a drunkard, or both. So I quit.

I didn't even bother to watch the Georgia game Saturday. How'd that go?


Here's a city planning department email regarding Columbus' Alternative Transportation Study:

As you may know, the City of Columbus is in the process of completing the Columbus Alternative Transportation Study which focuses on the transportation needs of those who bike, walk, and use public transit as a mode of transportation. A critical component of the study was the formation of a Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG), comprised of government agencies responsible for developing and implementing transportation plans, private sector representation, and community organizations interested specifically in alternative transportation.... This letter serves to invite you to take part in this final ... SAG meeting ... November 18, 2013 at the Citizens Service Center located at 3111 Macon Road ... between 3 and 4:30 p.m. The study team will be presenting findings and recommendations from the study to the SAG. We hope to see you there!


Rick Jones,

Planning Director.

Dear Rick:

So now I can show up at the last minute and criticize what you've done? Isn't that council's job?

Will you serve alcohol? I hope not because we don't want police busting a SAG.

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com,706-571-8508.

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