The recent closure of the South Ward senior center on Broad Street appears to be some sort of administrative anomaly, according to South Ward City Councilman Jim Coston, who was not given notice of the closing and has not detected any obvious cost-savings in the decision.
Others in town see the shuttering of this facility, which is still being used for police purposes, as providing a perfect opportunity for verifying whether or not the forces of darkness – i.e. the Palmer administration – will back South Ward City Council candidate Paul Harris against the current officeholder.
It is no secret that the administration would be happy with the departure of Mr. Coston from his City Council seat. It is also no secret that administration-backer and Trentonian columnist L.A. Parker has made it his personal crusade to keep Mr. Harris, a young Princeton University librarian originally from Dover, in the limelight as much as possible.
Mr. Harris has appeared repeatedly in all types of articles authored by Mr. Parker, who traditionally uses his space in The Trentonian as a personal political tool in promoting Mayor Douglas H. Palmer and other causes of special interest to the misguided journalist.
If this unholy marriage between Mr. Parker and Mr. Harris is more than just a Parker novelty but rather a sign of true status quo support for Mr. Harris, then look for the administration to start making things difficult for Mr. Coston while putting the challenger in a more favorable light.
Palmer administration officials could show their belief in Mr. Harris as a serious contender for the South Ward seat in somehow orchestrating the triumphant reopening of the South Ward senior center, or at least that’s what I have been told.
With Mr. Harris in a prominent position in the affair, administration officials could open the facility just as quickly as they unceremoniously closed it without notice to Mr. Coston some time last week.
Such an event would not only make Mr. Coston look powerless and out of the know, but it would also put Mr. Harris in a very favorable light to a group of seniors who probably vote much more than the rest of their fellow South Ward residents.
Of course, the administration could just think of Mr. Harris as a pretender with no real chance of unseating Mr. Coston, in which case they might do nothing but let the senior center rot just like the whole city government’s reputation among South Ward seniors.
Sadly, Mr. Coston loses in either case.