It's fair to say that the diversity of opinions in our own newsroom regarding Ted Rall's weekly column is likely a pretty accurate representation of the community at large. One staffer has finally let up on a long-standing campaign to replace Rall with someone local and less vitriolic. Another proofreads his column each week while muttering four-letter words and sometimes scribbling counterpoints in the margins of the proof copies. I may be Rall's only solid supporter in the newsroom, and though I may be easily outnumbered, : BW isn't a democracy so Rall stays.
Columns like this week's rant about Tiger Woods are among the reasons I keep Rall around.
Surely even you Obamaites--who were all with Rall through his years of Bush bashing and have been lobbying for his exile from : BW since his first words against then-candidate Barack Obama--can agree that Rall finally said what many of us have been thinking: enough about Tiger Woods. I don't care one iota if he cheated on his wife with one or 100 cocktail waitresses. And I certainly don't need an apology from the man. What Tiger should have done is told his adoring public, "none of your business," and gotten his ass back out on the golf course. Instead, three months later, we're still suffering through it.
A few pages beyond Rall in this week's edition is Sadie Babits' piece on rethinking how Idaho can meet its energy needs. Babits traveled to a small German village, which is partly powered by a recently built bio-fuel plant that converts manure from the town's dairy farm into energy, to learn more about how U.S. communities can look to their own back yards for innovative energy sources. As Babits reports, Ketchum and Sandpoint are among 150 designated transition cities in the United States focused on relocalization, particularly in the areas of food and energy. It's an interesting read and one that makes the possibility of solar highways, on which Babits previously reported (BW: ,: News, "Powering America with Roads," Feb. 10, 2010), even more intriguing. If you missed that one, head to boiseweekly.com.