Blue Star

Spin
By: 
Scott Sullivan
When you try to intimidate people who aren’t timid, they resist. The result is traction.

Spin makes the world go round. Electrons circle nuclei of atoms, Earth revolves and rotates around the sun and spinning class students pedal bikes to nowhere encouraged by teachers who shout the way.

After maiming my right foot and ankle by running so much I can’t anymore, I needed a new self-abuse form and bought a real bike: one that goes somewhere. Well, allegedly … I spin the pedals, a chain and gears transmit the energy to wheels that meet resistance, hence gain traction against a surface, and off I go.

“Spin” is not the first four-letter word politics has corrupted. Think “love.” But take heart: it won’t be the last. “Bike” is another. I donned what the salesman called an “outfit,” but when I saw myself in the mirror looking like post-Tour de France Lance, I knew it was just a “costume.”

The latest word we are spinning in Saugatuck politics is “intimidate.” As I pedal, trying not to fall, I think about the voter challenge letter city clerk Monica Looman sent John Newland and Doug McIntosh claiming officials had information they no longer live in the city.

For full story, pick up a copy of the April 24 Commercial Record or subscribe to the e-edition.

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