The stalemate in Congress over the government’s shutdown is a failure of leadership. It’s partisanship to the extreme. Both parties are at fault in this and the president carries a lot of the blame as well.
Now all sides are just trying to find a way out without losing face. It’s a sorry thing to watch.
The great pig debate in Winder is a thing of wonder. But does it really matter whose right or wrong? And is this really the biggest problem the town faces?
To their credit, city officials are trying to make Winder look better through code enforcement and various efforts, including the streetscape project.
A few years ago, one might have suggested that a pig would be the perfect symbol for the town, given how trashy some areas had become. When people don’t care about their house or their community, it shows.
That’s changing, slowly, but at least the effort is being made. Code enforcement efforts have been a large part of that.
As for the pig sign, I’m agnostic. I like the BBQ and the people who serve it. What they put on the side of their building concerns me less than what they put in their food. You’ve gotta love their sauce.
Still, a pig mural in the middle of town may not be the best idea. I like small towns that have a lot of building murals, but most of those are historic in nature.
Maybe the solution is for the artist to travel up to Washington D.C. and paint a pig on the side of the capitol building. That’s where it really belongs.
Ok, has anyone really been able to log into the ObamaCare site and actually sign up for insurance? The failure of the online site was predictable, according to a number of news reports that interviewed those close to its design.
The problem isn’t that too many people are logging in, as the administration claims, but rather that the software system is flawed.
One big flaw, according to a Forbes magazine article this week, is that the administration didn’t want people to actually get to the site and browse rates until after they had put in their personal information first. In doing that, the administration was trying to avoid people seeing the full cost of the online insurance until after they qualified for a government subsidy.
The government will eventually get the online system fixed, but that won’t fix the flawed theory behind the ObamaCare effort. If you think this will prevent poor people from using the ER for free medical care, you’re wrong.
It’s just a big mess. That isn’t partisan politics, that’s just the reality.
The county government has become a revolving door in leadership. The lack of stability is troubling, especially since the government has been in turmoil for the last decade.
There are those who enjoy the mess. You see them commenting on websites with an “us vs. them” mentality, as if to egg it on. Personalities, not issues, tend to dominate those conversations.
All governments go through difficult periods where there is some kind of leadership crisis. But eventually, things settle down and get back to “normal.”
But for Barrow County’s government, crisis mode has become the new “normal.” Will that fever ever be broken?
Mike Buffington is co-publisher of the Barrow Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.