Thank you, thank you, Mayor Driscoll, for including “A new senior urban planner position” in the city budget, as reported by syracuse.com this evening. You heard me whining for one on this website back in August of 2005, and again in January of this year when Dr. Emanuel Carter of SUNY-ESF wrote eloquently about the need for one. Hardly anything could affect the long-term health of this city as much as an informed, properly educated urban planner. We may celebrate the fact that the line has been held on taxes and water and sewer rates. That can change, however, in a year. But planning, done right, helps us to leave not just a city but the heart of an entire region in better shape for our children and grandchildren.