By David O. Heishman –
Howling and yowling, weeping and wailing, gnashing of teeth. Fussing and cussing, pushing and shoving, gaming and blaming. WOW! Is this year ever going to be fun in Hardy County. Judge Frye’s ruling on County Commission activities, (front page this issue) rips the lid off a can of local worms, and dumps them out where they can be kicked around properly. Age is catching up with me, but I hope I live long enough to see our county’s political scene calm, cool and collected again.
Several years ago, State Ethics Commission took a look at my operation of Hardy County Planning Commission. No judicial ruling was involved, but a report detailing questionable activities concerning meeting notifications, agenda posting and record keeping did come my way. I bent my methods back a little straighter, resigned, and as far as I know Planning has operated smoothly ever since.
Judge Frye’s ruling will be a clarion call to other public commissions who hide debate and decision making from public scrutiny. I’d guess procedures in entities appointed by Hardy County Commission will be looked at closely. A new day dawning. Lets get up, wipe sleep out of our eyes, and take a closer look at what’s going on around us. Let’s get it fixed and move on.
I’m getting tired of hearing about how Facebook and Twitter are eating newspapers’ lunch. All the news up front and fast from digital social media. Why wait a week for the Examiner to come out to get the news when you can get it from a bunch of Facebook pages as it happens? Newspapers are so dead.