Barbara Christian

Here are some things that don’t make sense

NON-SENSE #1 – Taxpayers spent something in the neighborhood of $30 million to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections (with maybe a little help from their friends in America) and now we’re not allowed to see it?

Has anyone read it aside from the investigators themselves and the attorney general? If the latter has his way, it will be put in a drawer in an undisclosed location never to see the light of day again.

What was the point? And what did the people who paid for it get in return? We used to call it “a pig in a poke.” Makes no sense.

How about a redacted version of the report? That’s like paying for a vacation to Hawaii and getting photos of the islands but not the airline tickets.

The summary won’t do either because it begins “Once upon a time” and ends “and they all lived happily ever after.”

So, how do we the people get hold of this report we paid for? Don’t look now, but $30 million would fill a lot of pot holes in roads across this country.

Now is the time for the patriots who worked with Bob Mueller on the investigation to close ranks and start leaking the report before it is redacted down to pronouns, prepositions and conjunctions or, worse, hits the shredder.

Although I suppose our future patriots are also smart enough to have made copies.

And the same ask goes out to future patriots of America at the Internal Revenue Service and those who toil away in the records room at Fordham University and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

NON-SENSE #2 – Those of you who disagree with us on the following subject, and we know you are out there, will say this is more our obsession than their nonsense.

Maybe so but we’re going to plow this field one more time in hopes of, never mind. There is no hope where doting parents and their kids are concerned.

Let’s talk about playgrounds. Again.

What drives these parents in their desire to build playgrounds from one end of town to the other. It’s like these kids will be deprived of their birthright if there is not a slide, swing or jungle gym every other block.

Lately their moms and dads have been eying the little play area in Riverside Park which they view as sub-standard and in need of a total re-do. It’s not sub-standard so I’m calling nonsense!

We haven’t heard much from these folks lately but you can be sure they are focused and flying below the radar and getting ready to present their “playground of tomorrow” at some upcoming parks commission meeting.

In Chagrin Falls there are playgrounds in Riverside and River Run parks with a new play area at the Intermediate School on Philomethian Street building when it reopens in the fall. And the Jaycees have announced they are building a playground in South Russell Village Park.

Every parent wants what’s best for their kids but the Riverside Park playground is not the best they can do for their kids.

It has been said that if you give a man a fish he will eat for a day but if you teach him how to fish he will eat for a lifetime.

Same thing with kids. Buy them a playground and they’ll enjoy it for a couple of hours and get bored. But give a kid a refrigerator box and he or she will learn how to use their imaginations for all sorts of things and for the rest of their days.

A veteran reporter and columnist, Barbara Christian has been covering Chagrin Falls since 1967 and is currently responsible for Chagrin Falls village events, government and school board news along with her weekly column "Window on Main Street."

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