"Curse the blasted, jelly-boned swines, the slimy, the belly-wriggling invertebrates, the miserable sodding rotters." (D. H. Lawrence)
A little of the old invective bubbled to the surface this week, courtesy of the varied and numerous scandalettes at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.
While not as dripping with venom as in days yore, Times Managing Editor Bob Gorman took an interesting and clever tack in describing the many foibles by parenthetically listing the pay of the principles.
It does lay bare that many people making good money are drawing undue attention to their actions. From posing topless, to posing a la Brett Favre (allegedly) to polishing off a bottle of Red Stag in a patrol car, there's lots to write about.
I think Bob's technique could be applied on a wider scale.
For a month it would be enlightening to place pay after everyone's name appearing in the paper, so we can judge the relative worth society places on us all.
From the medical administrators, and those who empty the bed pans, to the educators, to the journalists, to the heads of all those "not for profits". Include the soldiers fighting in a hopeless war...include the clergy.....and those like Samantha, who don't work at all but still get paid.
Include the pols like me ($16,700), of course. And all the unelected heads of this and that. Don't forget the lawyers and the gin mill owners.
This tome on the Sheriff's Department is a good start, but inquiring minds want to know more.
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