Jack Hummel printed my reply to the Ben Column trying to set up a lunch date with Don Rainear and I.
“Rather than lunch with Don Rainear, which I would love, we would probably end on a friendly basis because I am not really a bad guy in person.
“Why not have Don publish those graphs and charts in the column?
“Perhaps we could have some comparative data on other improvement authorities in the state?
“My opinion is not what matters, but the truth.’’
— Carl B. Johnson—
The charts are merely visual aids.
What he says is the most important.
And if it doesn’t come from his mouth, it loses all effect.
Interesting. We don’t need to see the figures or the charts, all we need is for the only person in the entire world that understands improvement authorities to weave a tapestry with his silver tongue. Nobody else is fit to make a statement regarding the status of the CCIA.
I had a good friend that was the head accountant for a multi-national corporation. Tony always asked new job applicants one question: “What does two plus two equal?”Tony explained to me that there was only one correct answer: “What do you want it to equal?”. You figures lie, and liars figure. No Jack, the public does not really need Don Rainear to explain the numbers. We need to see the numbers themselves. We need to see the numbers with a basis for comparison, for instance, along with the numbers of every other improvement authority in the state. We need to see the numbers in historical context. And we do not need to have them filtered through the mouth of an insider that was appointed by Lou Magazzu with the sole purpose of coming to a pre-ordained conclusion.
There was a funny one-liner further down the Ben Column todayin response to a letter on a different topic:
Caroline, did you know the City of Bridgeton dumped raw sewage transported on barges into the Delaware Bay for two years in the 1980s?
Interesting. Bridgeton dumped its raw sewage into the bay, from the port of Bridgeton in the 1980’s? Wasn’t Don Rainear the mayor of Bridgeton in the 1980’s, and hence in charge of the port of Bridgeton?