A Lost Purse; Fox In The Henhouse

Jade Moon
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Wednesday - September 28, 2005
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They were all in there. Cash, credit and ATM cards, driver’s license. And for some unfathomable reason, I took out my keys, stuffed the Longs bags into the trunk, carefully pushed the cart to the side, hopped into my car and took off - purse still sitting in the shopping cart.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

That’s what I thought after I got home and looked over to the seat beside me to grab my purse. Not there. Not in the back seat. Not in the trunk. By then I knew I had done the unthinkable. First impulse - turn around and drive back to the parking lot. Maybe, just maybe, it would still be there. Then common sense took hold. I decided to go into the house (after automatically reaching for my absent cell!) and call mall security from the trusty landline.

Hallelujah! Before I even reached the phone - wonderful news. Longs had already called!

They had my purse and everything appeared to be there - including my new cell phone. Seems a Good Samaritan had spotted my bag and turned it in - contents intact - just a few minutes after I had driven away.

In the good old days it used to be an inconvenience to lose your purse. Nowadays, what with identity theft and all, it can be disastrous. The cash is the least of our worries today. It’s all the other stuff that can give criminals access to the financial secrets of our lives. The thought of the possible invasion of privacy threw me into a momentary panic. This time I was lucky. An honest soul out there saved me. I do not have to suffer the consequences of my moment of extreme carelessness.

So whoever you are, thank you! You saved me a huge headache and probably a good bit of heartache as well.

Call me dense - but I cannot understand it.

I just read that the Bush administration, in answering the call for accountability in dealing with Katrina’s aftermath, has appointed an investigator from within the administration.

Despite calls for an independent investigation, the president has decided to go with an insider - Homeland Security adviser Frances Townsend. Pardon me, but isn’t that just a classic example of the fox guarding the henhouse? Asking the wolf to guard the sheep?

Hey, I am not taking sides here.

People on both sides of the aisle are asking the same question. Many think it’s odd that anyone who’s had the responsibility of responding to the Katrina disaster should be chosen to look at it with an unflinching and critical eye.

There’s a lot at stake here. The confidence of the entire country has been shaken by the seemingly sludge-like response on all levels to Hurricane Katrina. The president says he takes responsibility and wants to know what did and didn’t happen. All Americans want to know. So wouldn’t it make sense to appoint an investigator who cannot be tainted with questions about her role in the response?

No matter how good a job this newly appointed investigator does, there will be, at the very least, an appearance of conflict. The country - we - don’t need unnecessary controversy or more reason for mudslinging. The powers that be, if they’re sincere about taking responsibility, should make the investigation a politics-free, conflict-free zone. Because we want it done fairly.

We want it done right.

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