It was raining candidates at Melonfest
Word of the day.
i·ro·ny - Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs: “Hyde noted the irony of Ireland's copying the nation she most hated” (Richard Kain).
For those of you braved the misting rain and took in the Melonfest Parade Saturday in downtown Howell you got the opportunity to see most of the candidates we will be voting for on Nov. 7.
Among those I saw in the parade were Carol Hackett Garagiola, Judge Theresa Brennan, Judge Stan Latreille, Jay Drick, Carol Sue Reader, Valde Garcia, Donna Anderson, Mary Andersson, Jim Marcinkowski, Mike Rogers and even Mike Cox was in the parade. Mike McGonegal was there, of course, meeting and shaking hands before, during and after the parade. However, the one person I didn’t see was Chris Ward.
His campaign cash was present, however. Volunteers passed out fortune cookies with the fortune saying Vote for Chris Ward and red, plastic fire hats with Ward stickers in place of the badge. My two little granddaughters wore them because they didn’t know any better. They had no idea he does not have their futures in mind in while in Lansing.
I’m sure with the money he gets from the lobbyists and special interest groups he really represents he can buy a lot of those cheap, plastic hats, but it makes you wonder how much it will cost to get direct contact with him by the people who actually vote.
The only thing Mike was giving out was his time and his ear. As you saw from the last blog entry, to get Ward’s ear it will cost you one of those very expensive burgers, at a minimum.
Upon a closer examination of the fire hats a little golden sticker about the size of your pinky fingernail caught my eye; it read “Made in China.” But that was not really the most disturbing thing about the hats.
The irony of Ward giving out fire hats in light of his irresponsible vote last week to eliminate the Single Business Tax with no replacement in sight was not lost on me.
It will blow a huge $2 billon hole in the state budget, and much of that money would have gone to local governments in the form of revenue sharing that is used to help fund essential local services like police and fire protection.
That brings us back to our word of the day, Irony.