Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Of water districts and gadflies...

Check out the blog of Steve Scauzillo, opinion page editor for the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group. Posts and op-ed pieces like this one are worth the trip:

NOT many people give a rat’s patootie about making sure local water districts don’t rip off ratepayers. Barbara Mee did.

When I covered water, landfills, air quality and other environmental issues during the far-more polluted 1980s and 1990s, the Glendora environmental activist was often spotted in the meeting halls of these obscure local agencies, ferreting out waste and corruption. She was quite tall, classy, and she always greeted you with a smile and a wad of documents.

We call these people gadflies. But that doesn’t do them justice. They are the shoe leather of democracy, helping wear an enlightened path to the darkened cubby holes of government.

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