So, there I was in Rockville driving 30 mph as the sign says I should. I was nearing a speed light camera and I was third or fourth in line at the four-way stop sign when the young woman behind me began honking her horn. Then she pulled around me, flashed me the most famous finger which is either an insult or a proclamation and headed on down the road.
Jimmy Carter turned 90 this week. I mention it because while many vilified him when he was President, many of those who did so also praised him as being the most decent man ever to hold the office. He’s been an ex-President longer than anyone – more than 33 years.
When he ran for the nation’s highest office he promised, after the debacle of Richard Nixon, never to lie to the American people. And had he found five working helicopters to rescue the hostages in Iran, we might never have heard of Ronald Reagan – except in B movies like “Bedtime for Bonzo.”
Nice to know people are upset with our President because he walked off a helicopter with a latte in his hand and saluted his guard with the latte in the forward and upright position.
Never mind we have congressmen on so-called science subcommittees who have no idea what science is – or what the definition of “is” is.
So, there we were driving at a faster-than-snail-like pace on I-270 coming into work and enjoying the slow drivers in the fast lane and the faster drivers in the slow lane. A driver in the other lane had proudly painted “Obama is the anti-christ” on his car’s back window.
When the band R.E.M. sang “Don’t go back to Rockville,” they were on to something.
The city of Rockville, swimming in money is also a cesspool of incompetence, aggression, petty politics and pretense. City management staff resembles a squabbling nursery school more than professional adults.
In perhaps one of the most damning reports penned by a Rockville insider, former chief purchasing officer Ken Hayslette told the mayor and council in a 30-page report deposited with the city last week of the many problems threatening the city’s welfare.