Silliness abounds on both national and local news fronts

Silliness knew no bounds last week. There was Bristol Palin sashaying around the stage. Tea partiers, the conspiracy theorists theorized, had voted in bloc, or at least early enough and often enough, to pit Daughter Griz against the original Dirty Dancer in the season finale of Dancing With the Stars. Can’t wait to see that.

Closer to home there was the silly “press conference” staged by Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis.

The good commissioner thought it best to set the record straight by telling the whole story behind his ticket earlier this year for allowing his 14-year-old son to operate a wave runner illegally. Colorado law says one must be 16 to pilot such a watercraft. That law, said Meis, who presumably knows better than the Colorado Legislature, is nothing short of stupid and doesn’t deserve to be observed.

And who better to tell the state parks ranger writing a ticket than Meis himself. And by the way, Mr. Ranger, Meis is a county commissioner. Got that? He’s a county commissioner. He’s a county commissioner who knows the district attorney. Got that, Mr. Ranger? The guy you’re writing a ticket to knows the district attorney, knows him well. Did he mention he’s a county commissioner?

Meis actually didn’t say that. He said he didn’t during his press conference. And if he did say it, he didn’t mean it in any “you-can’t-ticket-me-because-I’m-a-commissioner” kind of way. Wait a minute. Did he say it or didn’t he? He said he didn’t. But then he said maybe he did.

Anyway, I’m missing the point. The point is that Paul Shockley, The Daily Sentinel reporter who dug up the records and reported that Meis did say that to the ranger, is the one at fault here. You see it’s a “conspiracy.” OK. It’s a conspiracy.

A conspiracy requires at least two people to act in concert. So I’m guessing the commissioner who used the word “conspiracy” will tell us who else was involved in this awful act. It was Paul Shockley and … and … and …

We’re waiting. Still.

Hmm. The commissioner didn’t tell us who else was involved.

That’s OK. A county commissioner wouldn’t call a press conference without having something to say, I’m sure. So I’m guessing he’s going to tell us Shockley got all the facts wrong. That must be it. He didn’t really mean the reporter was part of a conspiracy, he must have really meant the reporter got the facts wrong, as they always do. So let’s hear it, Craig. Were the facts wrong? Tell us they were. After all, you called everyone together to say something.

We’re waiting. Still.

Hmm. He never did say the facts were wrong.

But look, there’s the chairman of the local GOP. He’s up there saying Craig’s his guy and never mind what the local tea partiers had to say when they weren’t busy voting for Bristol Palin. They said Meis should resign, that he dirtied up the office of county commissioner by acting like a bully.

In fact, Meis said, the tea party that asked for his resignation isn’t really the real tea party. The real tea party supports his actions. I didn’t know we had two tea parties here, but apparently we do. Only one of them is real, though, and the real tea party, I guess,  thinks it’s perfectly acceptable to throw your weight around if you’re a county commissioner.

That must be the news that came out of the press conference. We’re a lucky bunch of people in Mesa County. We get not one, but two tea parties. On top of that we get a county commissioner who apparently likes to bully state parks rangers and local newspaper reporters. We get a county commissioner who thinks if the law is stupid then he doesn’t need to obey it

There’s not much more we could ask for.

I’ll bet if you took a vote, we’d think Bristol Palin is a better dancer than Jennifer Grey, too. As silly as all that sounds.

Denny Herzog is the retired executive editor of The Daily Sentinel. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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