I haven't had a chance, until now, to go into the results of the Nameless Primary that's had me working when nearly every other political reporter within 200 miles has been focused on either Springfield or Chicago stuff. In short, it went pretty much exactly how I expected.
The dismal turnout - an all-time low, according to the Macon County Clerk - meant the contestants had a pretty low bar to clear to hang on to one of the top four spots. In that regard, Pat McDaniel exceeded expectations by taking more than 58 percent of the vote with 1,700 votes, far outstriding his closest opponent Jamie Duies, who got around 29 percent.
But I'll bet you don't care about that, right? Everybody wants to know how Reggie Anderson did. With 58 votes, Anderson held on to the No. 4 spot and will move on to the general election in April. His name will be on the ballot. He is a convicted felon who cannot hold office. He held on to the lowest spot by just five votes, narrowly edging out James Thomas Taylor, who has never once showed his face or spoken with the Herald & Review.
I asked Anderson if he'll still campaign. He gave me an answer that seemed to say he would solicit votes, then in the same sentence said he didn't want to take votes from the other candidates or "be disruptive to Decatur."
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As has been reported, the recycling plan that begins in April comes bundled with your garbage service for no additional charge. It's there for anybody that wants to participate in it and it comes with the option of using your old red recycling bins or a new, 65-gallon wheeled tote that you can order for free.
The concern some e-mailers bring up is that the totes will cost the city money, so why should people be getting them for free, and shouldn't conscientious recyclers not get a tote and therefore not waste taxpayer dollars?
That seems to make sense until it doesn't. When my cell phone contract was up for renewal, I got a new phone for free. As a conscientious shareholder of Samsung, ought I to have instead paid the full price?
City staff and the council have designed and approved a plan that is optional and, like business models that have proven successful, gets you started for free, figuring that if you like the service, you'll keep using it and they'll make back the money they gave you a break on. This is all in the interest, way down the line, of conserving space in the local landfill so costly efforts at enlarging it can be avoided. How many people would start recycling if the entry fee for doing so was $50 or $100?
If Oscar-winning films were historically accurate, they wouldn't win Oscars.
And you'd be bored to tears, too. Some people just want to complain.