One of my favorite childhood shows was I Love Lucy. It didn’t matter what I was doing, the minute I heard the familiar theme song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_CzPL_7LuQ) I would drop everything and run to the television. For the two or three people on the planet who aren’t familiar with the show, Lucille Ball played Lucy Ricardo, wife of Ricky Ricardo, who was played by Desi Arnaz. Lucy was constantly getting into all kinds of mischief with her best friend, Ethel Merman, played by Vivian Vance. Inevitably, Lucy and Ethel would realize that while it seemed like a good idea at the time, their schemes and plotting always got them into hot water. No matter how much they tried to cover up for themselves, their husbands would always find out. I was glued to the television screen and waited with anticipation for that moment in the show when Lucy would walk in and Ricky would say to his wife, “Luceeeee! You got some ‘splainin’ to do!” The deer-in-the-headlights look on Lucy’s face was one of those moments in television history that will forever be known as a classic.
Here in North Miami Beach, lots of people have some ‘splainin’ to do, too. As all of you know, we are in the midst of a heated budget battle, and like every other city on the global map, we are in dire economic straits. There is just not enough money to continue to run our local government the way it’s been done since probably the day our city was incorporated. Belts must be tightened, pennies must be pinched, and deep cuts must be made. Like most problems, the only way to tackle it is to go headlong through it and fix the mess. Continue reading