Backyard honey and political vinegar 

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On July 10, Independent columnist John Hazlehurst wrote a little something about the region's political "addicts."

"Just as junkies' lives are focused on scoring dope," he mused, "the lives of career politicians are dedicated to getting re-elected, and re-elected, and re-elected until ... well, dementia or repeated voter rejection sends them into retirement."

It's with this scourge in mind (not really) that we this week present SimpliCITY, our first-ever guidebook to living healthier locally, tucked into an issue that also provides a closer look at the candidates in the Senate District 11 recall election.

Whether Republican Bernie Herpin or Democrat John Morse could be convinced to line-dry his button-downs or move into an Airstream is not something asked in the Q&A that begins on p. 16. But we do try to cover some other, more civically minded topics that would be of interest to those voting for either candidate in September.

Meanwhile, within our SimpliCITY insert, we spend plenty of time highlighting those local men and women who are community leaders of a different, greener sort. Since this is our first shot at a "healthy living" guide, we encourage you to give us your feedback, good and bad, by emailing letters@csindy.com, or commenting at csindy.com.

Our actual, modest hope this week is to prove useful to both lovers of backyard honey and connoisseurs of political vinegar. Not to shame anyone, as John put it, but to find a way to help.


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