Blogtown for Tues Oct 22
to the Les Miserables--Midwest Division.
An Ohio woman was charged earlier this month with stealing $2.87 from
the Logan County Courthouse fountain in Bellefontaine.
The woman claimed she took the money because she is jobless and needed
the money to buy food.
Such an excuse failed to sway the local gendarmes. The law is the law.
The city's safety director believes the case may be resolved before the
The quickest way to resolve this is to realize how utterly stupid it
is to pursue such a frivolous matter and tell the woman to "keep the
As of now, the net result is the city of Bellefontaine will end up
spending hundreds of dollars to chase after $2.87.
Maybe the real crime here is someone stole the common sense of every
authority figure in Bellefonaine.
There are three enemies to common sense and compassion in public policy making and public administration:
Ideology, ego, and the bureaucratic mind set.
When you get two or three out of three, real damage gets done.
I see it in this story, in the city of Toledo's homelessness policy, and in Congress.
Chasing bad guys who are not bad guys is also a great distraction from doing work we need to do – like feeding the hungry and housing the homeless,
LAST WORD: To Tigers and Indians fans: Take heart. Spring training is not that far away