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Saturday, October 4, 2014 – 05:30 p.m.

I had to roll my eyes over all the outrage arising from the revelation that an official for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) referred to the Inland Empire as the “Inbred Inland Empire”.

The comment, made by LAWA Chief Operating Officer Stephen Martin, touched off a plethora of grandstanding from area politicos and business leaders. The comment came to light in litigation between Ontario and Los Angeles over the question of who will control Ontario International Airport.

All the outrage was palpatable everywhere. How could they say things like that about us!

But the big question here is why is everyone so shocked?

I mean one local congressman, Ken Calvert, wants the head of the Federal Aviation Admininstration to get involved. To do what, I have no idea. Maybe take Martin out behind the woodshed and beat him? Tell him no ice cream after supper? Take Ontario International Airport away froma LAWA?

Yes, I know it’s campaign season, and apparently so does Calvert.

Come on now. San Bernardino County, for decades, has had the reputation of being one of the most corrupt counties in the country. The county government and most of the cities, with the exception of a handful, operate like a bunch of Banana Republic’s.

No, I’m not referring to the clothing chain.

You know? “Backroom deals R’ us”!

Everyone in political circles knows it. Most residents know it too. So why all the shock, when people outside the area make derogatory statements like Martin.

Does anyone ever wonder why that when people, with a decent amount of honesty and ethics, show up and attempts to make changes for the better, a bullseye is immediately placed on their foreheads. You know? Like when purposed changes upset the political apple cart, offend an elected official or someone’s politcal backer, or the new guy or gal attempts to expose the past misdeeds of others.

In San Bernardino County it’s just the way business is done! It always has been, always will.

Imagine what Los Angeles officials must think about being sued by the politicos in San Bernardino County. A county where more than a quarter-billion dollars has been blown on that all-to-famous, not to mention mostly dormant, landing strip to nowhere known as San Bernardino International Airport.

After all isn’t San Bernardino a highly sought-out travel destination? The answer is a resounding no.

The term cocktail party joke probably comes to mind.

So, back to the original point of the article. Does anyone really believe the Inland Empire (area codes 909/760/951), the soon-to-be new warehouse capitol of Southern California, is held in high esteem by neighboring governments?

If you do, maybe you should spend a few days, like I did, and give the question some serious thought.