RUMOR, n. A favorite weapon of the assassins of character.
-- Ambrose Bierce
Thankfully, Volunteer Hoosier’s Randy Smith is back on the blog job, gleefully debunking the elaborately crafted and patently false rumors that flow like the “potty police’s” favored effluent straight from the city council’s Gang of Four News Agency and into the waiting arms (and word processors) of the C-J, SOLNA and non-existent college professors named “Erik”:
But word is you'll be able to read the news today in The Tribune that all contractual arrangements have been completed to implement residential garbage pickup beginning next Tuesday.
For those of you who rely on us for the news (since the C-J stenographer has demonstrated his obeisance to the GFNA, despite being paid by Gannett), we're happy to report that the rumor of wholesale layoffs in the drainage department has exactly the same credibility you've come to expect from the original source of that rumor - zero.
Meanwhile, the Tribune’s Amany Ali contributes a game journalistic effort to get to the bottom of various G.O.P. electoral trial balloons:
May(or) may not run; Sheriff (Randy) Hubbard won’t rule out seeking New Albany post.
Who’ll emerge from the Republican ranks to contest the mayoral chair, Sheriff Hubbard or current city councilman Mark Seabrook? Ms. Ali finds CM Seabrook’s gaze fixed elsewhere, while Sheriff Hubbard cultivates an enigmatic yet vaguely principled pose.
(Councilman Mark) Seabrook said Wednesday that he will run for a soon-to-be vacant seat on the Floyd County Board of Commissioners. County Commissioner John Reisert will retire from the board at the end of 2006. If Seabrook is successful in his bid for County Commissioner, he would have to give up his final year on the City Council. A caucus would then be held to find his replacement …
… Hubbard, 62, wouldn’t say whether or not he will seek the mayor’s seat. Hubbard insists that his top priority is completing his final year as sheriff.
Somewhat surprisingly, Ms. Ali doesn’t delve into the SOLNA spitwad blogyard’s favored candidate, as offered in this bit of touchingly ungrammatical graffiti scrawled on the weathered drywall above the urinals at the Luddite Bar & Grill:
Stop tellin people Valla Ann is going after Steve Price council position!!!!!..You heard it right… she is gonna be Mayor..
Hmm, “Erik,” time to go back to school … but for those of us who can read and write, the pressing questions of the day remain unanswered.
Will it be “The Maverick” versus “The Sheriff” at “High Noon” down by the Southside?
Will former mayor Doug England return from self-imposed exile perched atop a union garbage truck driven by John “Guido” Mattingly, and reclaim the special interest mantle that is so rightfully his?
Will white chili ever taste the same again?
Stay tuned, loyal readers.