The Middle Path
In all respects but one, The Golden Hammer seeks the middle path. We seek the truth, even when government officials work vociferously to hide it. This newspaper, now Montgomery County’s leading newspaper and four days away from becoming a daily online, sprang from its Publisher’s singular focus to reduce government spending and waste by “reasonably drastic” proportions to save our community, and eventually others and the nation, from the fiscal collapse that would otherwise engulf us.
In reporting facts, we must find the truth and the middle path. Since much of our news involves political issues, there are always opinions for us to find. Emotions run rampant. Feelings are often sensitive.
In researching a story for tomorrow’s edition concerning water and the appointment of a new board member to replace Richard Tramm on the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District, we’ve experienced interesting community reactions from several sides of the issue. That’s right. We haven’t even yet published the story and the reaction is already fierce. After great community citizens got wind that we were investigating the facts, more than a dozen people contacted the Publisher, asked, and, in a few instances, demanded to know with whom we’ve garnered information. Three different people have asked to examine The Golden Hammer’s story before we published it! (Our answer was a polite, yet firm, “no.”)
This newspaper seeks to publish the true facts, so that citizens may formulate their own beliefs. We plainly admit that we’re for spending and waste reductions. Our Publisher has been a “fiscal conservative” in that regard since he subscribed to The Congressional Record daily editions as a teenager. He believes that and he lives it.
For facts (and life), we seek the Middle Path (to quote the Boddhisattva).
“QUANGO” means quasi-non-governmental organization. It’s a common term in the United Kingdom, because there are more than 500 quangos affiliated with the government of that nation. They’re controversial, because they tend not to subject themselves to the scrutiny of formal government departments. The British people generally consider quangos as symbols of inefficiency.
In the United States, until the past twenty-five years or so, we didn’t have many quangos. Economist Paul Krugman has argued that the United States Federal Reserve Board is a classic example of an American quango, because private banks and a federal bureaucracy with little outside accountability manage the nation’s banking system. Locally, one could argue that organizations such as CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County or Access Builds Children are quangos. They receive some government support or funds and closely work with government officials and operations.
A problem with quangos in Montgomery County could arise when they assume important government functions but don’t have the openness or accountability that Texas law mandates. Fortunately, this community hasn’t reached any sort of quango quagmire, but it’s a phenomenon about which we should learn so we don’t follow the mistakes of our British friends.