Shortly after booting my computer this April 1st morning, I found staring back at me the following Really Really Urgent Message from the “Whitewater Community Development Authority.” Perhaps it has something to do with a recent
excuse-making press release story at the Gazette.
News Release: April 1, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (this means now!)
Really Really Urgent Message
WHITEWATER – Apr. 1, 2019 – The Whitewater Community Development Authority, a wholly-owned subsidiary of (well, you, know…) would like to communicate an excellent message that will be a shining example for the city, state, nation, and nearby planets & stars. We now declare the following to the ordinary people of the city:
The (taxpayer-funded) check is in the mail.
Our computer crashed.
The dog ate our project.
We’ve been so busy with other things.
Honestly, we didn’t think you still cared.
Give us another chance, baby.
We think about you all the time.
We’re not about us – we’re about you.
It’s cute how worked up you get sometimes – you’re just adorable when you’re upset.
Thanks, we’ll take it from here.
As it is often said that one cannot over-communicate, it only seems right to share. It’s true, shining message notwithstanding, that decades of the CDA’s approach have left the city with low-income status and increasing poverty.
But what’s individual and household income compared with headlines and press releases?