No need to be the Lone Ranger PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 April 2015 14:40



Many people throughout the world do not like the USA or its citizens and they have their reasons. One that is most often mentioned is the  pervasive presence  of American culture, which to my mind, is no one’s fault but that of the followers or admirers of the culture.  Some people think Hollywood movies are the best; if you don’t agree, just don’t go watch those movies. Some people go crazy over the music of Rihanna or Taylor Swift; if you think that this type of music is trash then simply don’t download this type of music.

One American cultural idea that is quite widespread but perhaps not consciously identified as American is that of the cowboy hero in the white hat. People who are much younger than I am will not remember Roy Rogers as the Lone Ranger whose movies were the afternoon “blockbusters” of my younger years.  He was the iconic cowboy hero in the white hat and riding a white horse. He rode in to rout  the bad guys and his arrival was always announced by the opening bars of  the classical piece “William Tell” overture.

The Lone Ranger has been forgotten but his role as the “hero arriving on time to save”  is often played by people in our modern times.

We have been reeling with the discomfort, inconvenience and economically harmful effects of our power outages in the city for several weeks now. How long does it take for anyone to realize that some action has to be done?

People like me who are not decision makers can only act in such a way as to minimize the negative impact on our own lives. Those who can afford it might have bought a generator. I did something cheaper than buying a generator. I bought instead a Chinese-made inverter that could provide  1500 watts of power;  an electrician put together an assembly that allowed for  using an electric fan and a few bulbs. The assembly provided the lighting and the fan for those darned brownout times.

I am not an elected public official sworn to work for the citizens of this city. I have no obligation to act for others and relieve them of the  dire effects of blackouts/brownouts.  I do wish though that those who have been chosen by the people to be our decision makers can act more quickly and more judiciously when the situations call for them to do so.

To wait for the opening bars of the William Tell overture is too theatrical, too Hollywoodish. Let us leave that to the Lone Ranger and Trigger.