In a small town like ours rumors are similar to street lights; you can find one on every corner. You can even find a rumor about what the next big rumor might be.
I have been writing a weekly column for a few years focused almost entirely on unaffordable cost of health care and the sordid corruption that prevails in our political system. Sometimes I deviate with how speculation in oil and “timely” shutdown of refinery’s cause the price of gas to soar and create so much economical pain for the average folks.
Most of the columns are about either an example of waste and fraud in health care or corruptness in our political system. In reality, the gas issue is also is the result of a corrupt political system because our government could stop speculation any time they decided to do so.
Living in the “poster boy” state for corruption has afforded me the opportunity to learn just how folks suffer when special interest groups (money) dominate the political scene at the expense of the folks who live there. I am going to deviate once more and talk about a local issue that appears to be getting some traction in the news.
A rumor floated around that they were changing the conceptual design of the new high school on the fly and even doing proposals on the backs of napkins. I hope that our memories are not so dim about the strong feelings exhibited on both sides of the issue during the campaign to pass the referendum for a new school.
I personally remained neutral on the issue for two reasons. I was never opposed to the school. I was opposed to a lack of commitment to improving test scores. I also felt that writing a column for the paper that was maintaining a neutral position that I should do the same.