Sometimes it’s the little things
Week after week I cover various
events—from regular meetings to issues that some consider a
crisis that needs media intervention to get something done.
I say this because it becomes somewhat routine and as a
general rule once the interviews are done and the story is
turned in, I move forward to the next meeting, the next
crisis and the next deadline. In other words, unless there
are some extenuating circumstances, it is basically over and
I don’t think about it any more.
So, last week I was doing the routine
follow-up with a lady who had reported an incident which
resulted in a story. Routine follow up—no additional story
needed. Then just a short time after I talked to this lady,
a member of a local board of directors called to see if the
lady had given me problems. Nope, I said, not a one. Well,
the caller said the lady had slammed the door and was
screaming” and she was concerned.
NOT! There was no slamming door and most
certainly no loud voice, no screaming, no outburst. The red
flag went off. It was obviously a fishing expedition by the
second caller and I smelled rotten fish.
It would have been better had the woman
simply asked what was said and possibly agreed or disputed
Now I will keep my eye on this particular
issue in the community. It was over until I got that
call—now it is something that will spark my interest. Isn’t
it funny how things work?
Sometimes it is the little things.......
District 22 saga continues
By now everyone knows that Shelly Sekula
Gibbs has made waves about running for Congressional
District 22 again. I guess she is hoping to have a full term
instead of the 50 or so days she officially served in
congress. Now, remember that tenure included Thanksgiving
and Christmas holidays—and we all know the government takes
looooong holidays. Anyhow, I never thought she quit running
for the office since she conjured up every photo op she
could and sent out political announcements by e-mail on a
regular basis. I just hope the Republicans have the
wherewithal to find a good candidate and support him or her
instead of Wonder Woman who addresses all major issues in
less than three weeks and “makes a difference.” I have to
say that late night TV did get more interesting because
between Shelly and Tom (DeLay) the comedians and political
pundits had a heyday.
Now with Shelly running for the office
and Tom back in the news because the courts have said that
he really can’t be charged with an offense that didn’t
exist, you can bet when the Astros are losing and the movie
channels are running the same blockbuster movie for the
umpteenth day in a row, we will all still have some