No reason to lie

Posted: February 21, 2018 at 2:59 a.m.

Soon after I was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Delta Regional Authority in 2005, I was invited to speak at the annual chamber of commerce banquet in a tiny Delta town. The DRA region includes parts of eight states. Like so many towns in the region, this one had its problems. The population had been falling for years. Most of the buildings downtown were empty. The school system was struggling. Race relations were bad.

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