Astonishing actions

Posted: Tuesday, May 07, 2002

Angry letters to the editor have correctly noted that Bill McAllister's coverage of the Legislature is not traditional reporting. In fairness to McAllister, it's not possible to adequately convey the astonishing actions of that feckless body by mere description.

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Were I to attempt to report the actions of the Legislature, I might resort to a column composed entirely of passages from Kafka, Orwell, Shelly, Dickens and Machiavelli.

The last few years have seen the Legislature consistently asking the voters for amendments destroying the constitution's checks and balances all while derelict in using the powers they do have to deal with major issues facing our state. That said, I praise the House for its recent attempt at addressing our fiscal crisis. Of obvious and dire necessity, statesmanlike Democrats and Republicans overcame deep ideological divisions.

However, early indications are that the Senate is planning yet again to season their fiddles in the smoke emanating from the ashes of our ruined state. Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!

Milo Adkison


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