I am going to keep this brief because it needs to be put to rest and there has just been so much hub bub about it as it is. Let me say that above all I am appalled by that the fact that some missing signs concerning the layoffs in Costa Mesa resulted in money being spent to hire a private investigator to nail the thieves. In the scale of what is going on in the city, missing signs is the least important issue I can think of. What was the goal? If someone, anyone, told these kids to steal these signs, both the kids and the director of said mischief suffer the wrath of being complete idiots. Isn’t that punishment enough? If anyone is feeling left out, I have two signs in my yard. I’ll give you one.
That being said, Colin McCarthy, President of the Costa Mesa TaxPayers Association was given space in the Daily Pilot to write a commentary on this matter. And why not? We all know he’s the guy with his finger on the pulse of this situation and a chip on his shoulder after having been stuffed in his locker on a weekly basis through out his high school years. Here’s a quote from Colin’s righteous rant: ”In case you missed the news last week, union bosses representing city of Costa Mesa employees said they had heard a rumor that Estancia High School football players were stealing those signs that are littering our community. They had no evidence of the alleged thefts, just an unsubstantiated rumor.” In his little piece he briefly touches on his belief that the union hired private investigators to question some of the Estancia Eagles about the missing signs. Then his commentary spun completely out of control.
Colin, you have no evidence that the union hired the investigator, and there is no evidence that the football children stole the signs. End of story. Shame on both sides, who ever they are. Yet some how you saw this as a opportunity to weave the stolen sign mystery into a story that touched on the great depression, Sen. Joseph McCarthy (whom I suspect is Colin’s secret crush) as well as, “The union’s tone-deafness to the lives and wishes of Costa Mesa residents.” That is a direct quote from Colin. You even brought a Jimmy Hoffa reference into the mix? Wow, what ever your day job is, don’t quit it because your writing career is a wash. There was so much subject swapping in this story, it was like a key party in the disco days. Did you get lost? Had you been taking crazy pills? Or tipping a few brews at Skoosh’s place?
I am sure all you really wanted to say was, “Union bad.” You can do that you know. Just write, “Union bad” and sign your name. You will have reached your core audience because Colin, more people have spoken out against the layoffs than in favor of them by about 20 to 1, when they are aloud to speak at the city council meetings. The vast majority of the people that don’t know that are you, and the 3 stooges sitting on the city council, Riggy, Mensy and the our pathetic mayor. Seems like you are using the kids as a spring board for your anti union howling. Make it easy on yourself and don’t waste so many words next time. Hardly anyone is really listening, or able to follow your tangential rambling.