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Around Town: Another plug for the plug

November 1, 2011

Let’s all go out, link hands, sing a chorus or two of “Happy Trails to You” and help give that old plug Trigger a home this Saturday. Son Dusty and his band The High Riders will be a singing and a whooping it up at Civic Center Park on Saturday for Roy Rogers’ 100th birthday celebration. We need to keep alive that link to Apple Valley’s past with Roy and Dale. That family-oriented western work ethic is what the town built its image upon. In my opinion, it would be nice that instead of embracing every wacky “inclusive” idea that comes down the social network trail we could get back to a small town community spirit and pride in the quality of our citizens that Roy and Dale’s mythical TV home of Happy Valley embodied.

It’s raining candidates
All of a sudden, “everybody and his mother” wants to run for Congress. By the way, that’s a cliché, not a sexist remark. Look away for a few minutes and we have another few folks lining up to run for our new congressional seat. I’ll stick by the same advice I give for almost every office: Vote for the person who knows what it means to sign the front of a paycheck, not just the back. Stay clear of people who have made a career of government jobs — they’ve never risked their own money on an idea but love spending yours. I prefer the school of hard knocks to advanced degrees in basket weaving as a resume for elective office. Haven’t we all suffered enough with people in high places who have no idea what “real” people go through to live life, raise kids, pay bills and keep a business afloat? Passion and platitudes are nice but no substitute for experience at ground level.
Speaking of candidates, is it a coincidence that a few days after he got a challenger in his race, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly held his first local fundraiser last week? No grass growing under that boy. Donnelly’s many appearances on KFI’s “John and Ken Show” and interviews on Fox News have given him the highest public profile of any (unindicted) local elected office holder in years.

‘The Orrhouse Unabridged Dictionary’
I’m starting to build my own dictionary of useful terms as we approach the 2012 election cycle. My new favorite is from an old war hero acquaintance in Colorado. “Ineptocracy” (in-ep-tok-ruh-see) — A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of productive individuals. See “State of California” for further definitions.

VVCH teeters as rules tighten
Victor Valley Community Hospital continues on the brink of closing while those in Sacramento act to stop its sale in one department while another department puts more pressure on uncompensated hospital care. Yes, come November, it was announced last week, MediCal patients will be reduced to an allowable seven doctor visits a year. So where do you think they will go for visit number eight? Give yourself a valium if your answer was the closest emergency room, the most expensive doctor’s office in the world.

Pat Orr is a local business owner, community volunteer and political junkie.