Monday, November 22, 2004

Time does more than just heal... also serves to cover-up or in government parlance “sanitize” things. The time frames vary depending upon what’s being sanitized. It can range from a couple of months to a year or more. For example, government usually waits one year- the magic number for some reason- before it formally retaliates against a whistle blower or any perceived threat. During this time, they try to document some case or create a record to justify terminating the individual. Even in the unlikely case that the whistle blower gets some help, the person goes through hell and serves as an example to the other employees. However, one year is not a hard and fast rule. If you’re perceived as any sort of threat to their public image, policies, or-heavens forbid!- pensions, the retaliatory process goes into warp speed. If you truly want to see the dead rise, just watch some bureaucrats spring to life when they have some scandal to cover-up.

Here in Holmes County, FL, the disappearance of our controversial Chief Deputy generated a lot of speculation and rumors. The latest according to reports is that he’s in Iraq, which raises the next question: Is he coming back? There have been other rumors that the former Chief Deputy, who this one replaced, is coming out of retirement to resume his former position. A number of people shook my hand and congratulated at the time of his sudden “retirement” for getting him fired. I reminded them that the local paper reported that he retired. Following the re-election of the Sheriff, the question now arises: Will he replace the current Chief Deputy with the former, and, is so, why now?