EDITOR: On the surface, they are two disparate subspecies living independently. However, their inter-connectedness and evolved dependence on one another hasn’t been observed since the co-evolution of flowering plants and insects. I’m referring to Traitorius tillersonus rex and Kleptogarchia putinius vladimirosis.
One might mistake them for two fossils coincidentally discovered in the same dig, but no, they are alive and so intimately intertwined as to embarrass a Kama Sutra instructor. The survival strategies of these creatures have become perfectly aligned over the years by the universal currency of their respective food chains: oil. T. rex, former CEO of Exxon Mobile and currently king in name only, is subservient to his true leader, K. vladimirosis, who seeks to expand his range and wealth. T. rex is busy clearing the way.
Even the casual observer can no longer be forgiven for overlooking this symbiotic abomination. The evidence is available for all to see. Under the reign of T. rex, our State Department, the historical nemesis of K. vladimirosis, has become an empty shell of what it once was.
Do your own research, and you will come to the grim conclusion that T. rex isn’t working on our behalf.
A gun safety plan
EDITOR: Since our elected officials are unwilling to take any meaningful measures to legislate sensible gun safety laws, let’s try a different approach. I propose the National Thoughts and Prayers Act.
Here’s how it would work: All guns and ammunition would be legal for purchase by any adult. Whenever anyone dies at the hand of a gun, be it by murder, accident or suicide, all gun and ammunition sales would be halted for 24 hours so that we may grieve the deceased and hold them in our thoughts and prayers. As soon as the 24-hour grief waiting period is over, we would resume gun sales, lock, bump stock and barrel.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, the number of gun deaths in 2018 so far is only 2,478. We’d be done mourning 2018 in under seven years, assuming there are no more gun deaths between now and then. We could then resume normal gun sales while preserving the Second Amendment. Problem solved.
A management failure
EDITOR: It is clear that Sonoma County’s emergency services department failed in its duty to adequately communicate the fire hazard to the community. But responsibility for the failure extends well beyond the department’s organizational boundaries.
As reported in recent Press Democrat articles, statements by county supervisors and senior administrative staff imply that the department manager’s decision not to utilize the wireless warning network was unknown to them. If they didn’t know, the county’s management practices and organizational culture contributed to the failure. Supervisor Shirlee Zane’s reported comment that supervisors weren’t welcome at emergency services staff meetings is further evidence of a larger problem.
Employee behavior is predominantly influenced by clearly delineated goals and responsibilities, which are established and enforced by senior management. Organizational leadership flows from the top; failures at lower levels reflect failures at the top.
The recent consumer account fraud problems at Wells Fargo Bank were perpetrated by lower-level employees, but responsibility and accountability were recognized as much broader management and cultural problems. Job losses and financial penalties were properly distributed to the highest levels of the bank.