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The More Things Change II; Why Can’t We Stop Laughing? Brawley Cuts

I WAS LOOKING THROUGH  OLD ISSUES FOR IDEAS for a column this week and came across one from May, 2008 entitled “The More things change…”
The rest of that, of course, is “the more they stay the same.”
How much has changed in the last two years when it comes to political candidates? Not a whole lot. You still have a few people running again who have been in politics for years. It’s rare when you get a new face. And we wonder why nothing changes. If we keep voting in the same old boys and girls, how can we ever expect anything to change?
Take the District 5 Supervisor’s race. You have Wally Leimgruber going for his fourth term in office being opposed by old political hand Ray Castillo, the former mayor of El Centro. They are being opposed by Steve Vasquez, the former mayor of Brawley.
We have to wonder if political positions are entitlements that change only when the individual in office either dies or retires. Something needs to change at all levels of government. Term limits, perhaps?
At least you’d get a few new faces to run for some of the positions that will be available. The “Old Boys” are beginning to look mighty old and mighty stale. A little bit of fresh blood would go a long way in Imperial County. Maybe the candidates would have something to talk about besides the same old issues.
And the people would actually get a choice instead of supporting those who only support themselves.
I can dream, can’t I?
Why, Why, Why,
Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are almost dead?
Why do banks charge a fee on ‘insufficient funds’ when they already know there is not enough money?
Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars; but have to check when you say the paint is still wet?
Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?
Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?
Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
Whose idea was it to put an ‘S’ in the word ‘lisp’?
If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?
Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?
Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?
Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator
with hopes that something new to eat will have
Why do people keep running over a string a dozen
times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the
vacuum one more chance?
Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?
How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?
When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, ‘It’s all right?’
Well, it isn’t all right, so why don’t we say,
‘That really hurt, why don’t you watch  where you’re going?’
Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that’s falling off the table, you always  manage to knock something else over?
In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?
How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?
The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends — if they’re okay,
then it’s you.
A day without a smile is like a day without sunshine!
MORE GLOOM AND DOOM from the Brawley City Council.
Seems the boys on the northend have decided to cut the budget of the Brawley Economic Development Commission in order to retrieve some of the $670,000 they had to send to the state from their RDA funds.
The BEDC will lose $35,000 in city funding. That’s a lot for a small town.
Let’s see. Arnold wants to stimulate the economy, but he’s done it cutting everyone’s budgets. Now Brawley can’t help improve its own situation. In fact, more job cuts might be coming.
When do we get to terminate Arnold? Soon, I hope.