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On the human condition, and local politics

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 26th, 2012

On Monday evening, as I went through the checkout line at the downtown Safeway, I remarked to the cashier that the store must have sold a lot of bottled water that day. Water in a well that services all of Globe had tested positive for fecal indicators E. coli, sending the town into a tizzy and starting all sorts of rumors and doomsday talk.

The cashier told me, “Oh yeah. We had to have Coke and Pepsi bring extra water, and our trucks brought more, too. And people were fighting over the water earlier.”

Whether or not people were actually fighting over bottled water, I cant say because I didn’t witness any of it. Nevertheless, the cashier’s remark got me thinking about the human condition and how much we rely on things like electricity and clean, running water.

What if there had been a major accident on Highway 60, and the water trucks had not been able to make it to Globe yesterday? What if the City of Globe and Gila County did not have clean water to give out? How bad would the situation have been then?

Just think about it. People were apparently fighting over bottled water just hours after the city made the announcement about the contaminated water well. There truly is a fine line between order and chaos. Just look at what happened in the Superdome in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

All it takes is the power going out in a large area for a few days, or a major natural disaster, and we revert back to our prehistoric, unruly selves. I shudder to think at what would happen if a disaster went on for weeks or even months. My guess is it wouldn’t take long before anarchy ruled the streets.

The countdown is on

By the time you read this, the General Election will be less than six weeks away. If you’re like me, you’ve already tired of the negative advertising, the false promises, and the general sense of immediately wanting to take a shower whenever you hear a candidate give a speech.

Locally, I've grown tired of candidates wanting the newspaper to dig up dirt (real or otherwise) on their opponents. “Make sure you check out that story in the Payson Roundup!” “Boy, do I have a story for you!? “Did you know so-and-so once (insert embarrassing act here)!”

Outgoing Gila County Supervisor Shirley Dawson has done everything she can to get Mickie Nye elected as County Recorder in his race against incumbent Sadie Jo Tomerlin. Dawson said in a recent Board of Supervisors meeting, “I believe integrity and security is lacking in the County Recorder's Office.”

Hmmm, I wonder why she would say something like that, just months before the election? If Dawson really thought integrity and security was lacking in the County Recorder’s Office, she should have addressed the issue before now, and privately at that. But she used her position to get in a public swipe at her protégé’s opponent.

Only 41 more days until we’re done with all this nonsense, at least until the next cycle. Let's start a countdown.

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