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It takes a village to tame Palm Beach County


Who do the Palm Beach County Commissioners think they're kidding? An inspector general?

I have to admit, the title sounds impressive, which is about as far as it goes. The first thing the special interests are going to do is huddle and ask, "What's his/her price?"

That's assuming the commission doesn't appoint some crony to the post.

Even if, say, the governor appointed someone independently, how long would it take before this person's operating budget got held hostage by the very people he was supposed to be investigating?

It's window dressing, pure and simple. If voters are fooled by it, they deserve what they get. Actually, they've gotten plenty of it already, and they deserve that, too.

It's time people got involved and stopped voting automatically, over and over, for someone they happen to have heard of.

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I get really tired of voters being blamed for these messes. Typically, the only choices the voter has are between crooks and crooks. What is the point of being an informed voter when the information you have on all the candidates is totally repulsive?

This was a problem that the ancient Romans recognized. They said, "Quis custodiet custodes ipsos?" ("Who will watch the watchmen themselves?")

Chan says:

Thanks, Edgar. I would have to assume that few blogs can boast readers who leave their comments in Latin. How refreshing in these days of anonymous internet spewing.

Great Cartoons! But I am a little disappointed as I was searching celeb web site for Chad Lowe brother of Rob.

Actually, it is their brother I wanted "the low down" on. Get it? ("Lowe Down?). His name is Joe B. or Joab. It seems that everybody drops his name but there seems to be no info. Who is he?


Sorry to disappoint. No relation.
Enjoy the cartoons, anyway.

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About the author
Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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