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Around Town: ‘Special interests’ and GOBs

November 6, 2012

By Pat Orr
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

When candidates have nothing to say, they attack “special interests and good old boys.” That is drivel. Everyone is a “special interest.” People for and against a project or policy have a “special interest” in the political decision to be made. When you campaign against “special interest groups,” you are campaigning against your neighbors, local businesses, teachers, firefighters — literally everyone who wants their point of view to prevail.

Now let’s discuss the term “good old boys” (GOBs). What strikes me as funny is that this term has taken on negative connotations over the years when in fact our Western communities depended upon the “good old boys” to step forward when a new barn had to be raised, a well dug, a sheriff hired or a town government formed. No one paid them or repaid them for their effort.

Nothing has really changed. Dependable leading citizens in every community who volunteer time, talent and treasure to better their city or town are eventually labeled “the good old boys network” — regardless of their sex, financial statement or job description — by folks who by their own actions or values haven’t made their way to the level of respect granted to the GOBs. To those railing about “good old boys”, I’d say, grow up. It sure sounds like good old envy.

Meet the policy makers
In a first-of-its-kind event, the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce is inviting all of the newly elected or re-elected local office holders to come to the Chamber for a community mixer at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15. The public is invited — $20 for members, $30 for non-members — to meet your new congressman, assemblyman, state senator, Town Council and school board members, 1st District Supervisor and MWA directors selected in today’s election. Businesses who wish to provide $300 sponsorships to help offset the costs for food and beverages are welcome to contact Chamber CEO Janice Moore. This is not a continuation of the campaign but an opportunity to meet your new elected representatives and for some, mend a few fences. At the very least it will be someone’s first chance to gloat over a surprise win and a few others to express sad faces over disappointing losses. It should be great.

Quick hits
• There is a Lifestream Community Blood Drive at 11 a.m. today at the Town Hall community room. You can give blood every 56 days. They can use every drop.

• As I drove around the Victor Valley this last week I saw no Obama/Biden signs. Of course, to me this indicates either a Romney landslide or a bunch of cheap bored Democrats who wouldn’t pop for a yard sign. No, I’ll just stick with landslide I think. It’s not easy for a conservative to take solace in California voting trends; you have to have a very narrow field of vision. But if the elephants win San Bernardino County and a few key propositions, what more can we ask? Say it slowly: l-a-n-d s-l-i-d-e.

• Watch next week when I may discuss four new ways to serve and consume crow.

Mea culpa
Last week I touted a Halloween event for middle-schoolers at the Civic Center.

Both my editor and town staff inquired as to what planet I was on as no such event was scheduled. Convinced I got this information directly from the Town’s website calendar of events I marched over and asked town’ Public Information Officer Kathie Martin for help in proving me sane. It took her but a few minutes to pull up the event on the Town Calendar just as I had seen it. The minor issue was the posting on Google was from 2008. I humbly apologize to all those parents and kids who were prepped for this event only to find it didn’t exist. I will triple check dates and times in the future. It actually isn’t our policy to mislead readers.

Pat Orr is a local business owner, community volunteer and political junkie.

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