The Mayor talks at length about "synergy" and "synergies" with regard to the water/sewer utility utility deal and even quantifies specifically savings that will result therefrom.
"The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects."To even begin to try to quantify dollar figures as savings from "synergy" is pie in the sky stuff. "Synergy" is a meaningless word that politicians use when their proposal is lacking in substance.
In the education arena I am hearing "stakeholder" and "patron." Schools politicians say they are looking out for "patrons" or "stakeholders" in their decisions. "Patron" basically means a "customer." "Stakeholder" refers to someone who has an interest in something. Both are terms that seek to limit to whom schools officials owe a responsibility. Sorry, it doesn't work that way. The School Board and administration's duty isn't limited the other 20% of the Pike residents who have children in Pike schools. They owe a duty to the 100% of the taxpayers and voters who live in Pike. For once I'd like to hear an administrator or school board member talk about what they owe to the taxpayers.
Staying on the education front, any variation of "It's about what is best for the children." I am so sick of those in the education field using the supposed best interest of the children to try to justify everything they do even when it's more about themselves than the children. The Pike administrators in particular are very fond of using "the good of the children" argument to try to justify their adult decisions. Be honest about the reasons for decisions are and cut out the BS claim it's always about what is best for the kids.
Speaking of which, I do have one major objection to the forum last night. The "pro" referendum side used two children in their presentation. That is absolutely unacceptable. This issue of how to vote on the school referendum is an adult matter. Exploiting children for either side in wrong. That is something I have been consistent about throughout my political life. Children simply don't have the real world experiences necessary to make the adult decision of which side to support in a political dispute. Adults should not be using children to make political points. Doing that is definitely not what is in the best interests of the children.