There’s a specific obscene phrase for the situation involving Barrow County’s defective emergency radio system. As a family newspaper, we won’t publish that term, but it does describe the situation perfectly.
The implementation of the digital radio system in Barrow County was done by people who didn’t know what they were doing. It was a multi-million dollar boondoggle. But those who spend other people’s money often don’t care.
If this were an isolated incident, such an amateurish mistake might be forgiven. Alas, this kind of thing seems to happen over and over within the Barrow County government — wrong people with bad ideas executing dreadful planning with little oversight. The former operation of the county animal shelter was a perfect example of incompetence married to a bad attitude.
Given this kind of history, one might be tempted to jump headlong into pushing for the county to privatize many of its functions, as is currently being debated by the Barrow County Board of Commissioners.