Kinda surprised that Costa's expended his Sunday editorial on "SPREADING TALES WITH NO REGARD FOR TRUTH."
Err....John. No one was taking these builder suicide/murder conspiracy's seriously except Buster...and I'm not even sure about him. Besides, he's a nut. Also a sly dog who makes most of his points by overstatement -- and then overstating that overstatement again and again. It may seem like there's a bunch of us who believe the banks took hits out on bankrupt builders, but really it's just Bilbo Buster, over and over again, under different names but with that unmistakably offensive tone.
Also news to me that there were 4 builders who might have jumped; I was only aware of three.
Finally, for the 'confirmed' suicides, and the Bulletin policy of not "naming people who commit suicide unless they are public figures," I'll submit that the building boom was one of the biggest 'public' stories Bend has had over the last 5 years or so, which makes prominent builders into public figures. The paper certainly wasn't shy about publishing their big plans, but strangely quiet when those plans fall through in such a disaster that the prominent investors and planners feel like they have to jump into the rapids.
Then again, I'm sympathetic to the idea that "reporting a suicide adds a level of pain to an existing tragedy.'
Nevertheless, until today, there wasn't even an acknowledgment that even unnamed individuals had committed suicides.
I think there has to be a way to report the wreckage of the boom in a sensitive way.
Besides, the editorial is proof in a way that keeping these things quiet doesn't work in this modern blog world.
There is another story in the Bulletin about the Loft.
Again, I say without Irony that this appears to be a brilliant plan. I seems to me that it pencils out nicely.
So much so that I again propose another exclusive club on the upper floors of the Decoy building. We'll call it the Duck Blind. Membership is 1000.00 entry and 100.00 a month. No concierge, though. Just a full fridge.
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