Grand Jury 2005 Archive

Veterans Shaped More by Duty Than Deed

We’ve carved conscription out of our lives and then we wonder why people don’t do hard things. We know we can always quit.

Veterans Shaped By Conscription More Than Combat

We’ve carved conscription out of our lives and then we wonder why people don’t do hard things. We know we can always quit.

Gambling with Jail Beds

Is a Big Mac really more dangerous than a repeat offender with a drinking problem who hit his girlfriend and then tore the phone off the wall when she tried to call for help?

Matrix Drama Plays Out Daily at Jail

Do offenders with the most points get the corner cell with feng-shui-friendly lighting? Don’t be cynical. And no, they don’t get extra desserts either. Just desserts are in short supply these days.

Grand Jury (Day 19) Good People

Back when we had to bring shopping carts back to the front door or risk another driver getting dinged by an errant cart in the lot, the good people were easy to spot. Now bad habits are

Grand Jury (Day 18) Meth & Avon

Meth can be made in your kitchen, or it can be made in your neighbor's kitchen. Anyone who's ever baked cookies knows if you're going to make a mess (in the case of meth, a toxic mess),

Grand Jury (Day 17) – And the winner is …

Sheriff deputies and cops played competitive sports until around 1973, then competed with other people who use guns for a few years, then ate hamburgers for prizes. But since 1980, our law enforcement personnel have nothing to

Grand Jury (Day 16) – Public Space

A bit of grandeur would benefit everyone. Instead, we get low ceilings, hallways, dated colors, and a space far more utilitarian than most people have in their homes nowadays. It confirms the belief that government is (and

Grand Jury (Day 15) – Overflow

Numbers often numb the public, but only when the numbers are so large or so random or so abstract that the audience cannot attach meaning to them. But a daily accounting of the shortage of local holding

Grand Jury (Day 14 1/2) – Party

Diversity is not the true goal. Diversity is the net and the lines on the tennis court, making sure the game isn't so easy that it's not enjoyable to play and satisfying to win. The game is