Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Of pitbulls, charlatans and fields of dreams
What is it they say about the more things change the more they stay the same? That's what it seemed like when today's Bakersfield Californian hit on three recurring themes: a pitbull that attacked a 12-year-old girl is saved (should we be proud that pitbull attack stories are the staple of our news on any given day?), the disgraced real estate broker Carl Cole wants his license back, and once again the city is considering building a multi-million-dollar baseball stadium to save a minor league team that struggles to draw more than a few hundred paid fans a night, and all at a time when we have no money to pave roads or build new ones, improve infrastructure or put more cops on the street. It seems like we all deserve better than this.