State-of-the-town speeches exploded during the housing boom, when mayors could describe the growth in the tax base and bask in the glow. After everything went to hell in 2008, mayors would probably have preferred to skip the speech.
Though federal and state officials claim to be "forward leaning" in their response to the oil leak, is total and absolute transparency the order of the day? Or is PR serving to pull the wool over the eyes of a confused public?
No one can deny the Gulf has been altered in a manner that will affect it for generations and recovery is not a certainty. No more knowledge is needed to understand this catastrophe. Death expands with the slick.