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July 15, 2014

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My friends at the fitness center, “Fitness Mafia” and my buddies at the golf course always ask why I keep writing about corrupt political schemes and the run away cost of health care.

I get a lot of “Rip it has always been that way and you cannot make a difference” or “Rip you are going to get a square forehead from banging it against an immovable wall,”

They may be right, but I am not going to stop trying to bring transparency to the folks and maybe, just maybe, encourage more folks to become engaged and realize they have the absolute power to change things for the better.

I am convinced people, given the facts and truth, will make the right decision for this country, state, county and city with their votes. The real problem lies in the ability of some of our political leaders to promise one thing for expediency and do something diametrically opposite without accepting any accountability or facing any punishment for hoodwinking the people they represent. People can make a difference if informed.

I could probably write this entire column about the current problem at our borders with thousands of children flooding into our country illegally or the scandalous problem at the VA hospitals and soldiers not getting treatment, but the news is flooded daily with these problems, reported and written about by far more experienced and talented writers than I am.

I am going to stick to some local issues as examples of folks trying to make a difference and hold folks accountable for their promises.

This column will probably relieve some of the good natured abuse I take from the “Fitness Mafia” to write about more local issues. Let’s start with the county. I have observed over the past several weeks a local person every day come into the fitness center with a clipboard under his arm. I do not always agree with this individual on different issues, but I am going to give kudos for his efforts on this subject.

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