Councilman Thomas knows that she is not allowed to make up her own mind. She was placed on Council with explicit instructions to blindly obey Mayor Mark Mallory and Roxanne Qualls and that's exactly what she's going to do. Nobody is allowing her to make up her own mind.
Besides, her stated concerns are all unjustified. For example, there is this passage from the WLWT article:
She expressed her concern again Thursday about making sure taxpayers aren't burdened by the project and questioned the long-term viability of what's planned.This is not a burden for the taxpayers. If money is ever short, the answer is easy - just raise taxes!
"Another concern is the ridership and the sustainability of the streetcar," Thomas said. "How is it going to sustain itself?"We don't care about no stinkin' ridership! If the streetcar can't sustain itself, we'll just raise taxes to cover the operations shortfall.
Councilman Thomas knows that her concerns are invalid. The streetcar is not a burden and taxes can always be raised. We endorse this streetcar, no matter the cost. And Pamula Thomas feels the same way, because that is the position she has been ordered to take.