Are we past the point where everyone in this county realizes that this county spends a lot of money on ridiculous things sometimes? Because here's another one to add to the list.
I don't know who Sara Toth has pissed off to get all these wonderful journalistic assignments, but she had the misfortune recently to bring us this story about the HoCo starting a mounted patrol. Yes, a mounted patrol. As in on horseback.
To the editors at Patuxent: can you please find some good stories for this woman to write? Heaven knows that the education beat is ripe with insanity.
But maybe it's the insanity angle that aligned with Ms. Toth's writing to bring this lastest incidence of HoCo gone LoCo to the forefront.
OK, so these people are volunteers. Uniforms and radios were the only expense to the department. Well, there's one source of expense not accounted for in the article. Who the hell pays for the care and feeding of these horses?
My point is, that if $5 is spent on this program per year, it's too much. Having attended the county's second most densely-packed social event of the year, Get Hammered and Puke Until Blood Comes Out In The Woods, last weekend, I can tell you that a mounted patrol would have added absolutely zero to crowd control efforts. Crowds weren't that bad, honestly.
And I'm going to doubt that we're going to see the mounties at the county's most densely-packed event, the 4th of July fireworks at the lakefront. Horses and fireworks don't get along well together, don't cha know?
Last weekend I became acquainted with the fact that the county employs park rangers. That I get and it makes sense. But a mounted patrol? Seriously.