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John Wiley Price Can Always Make Things Tense

Delia Jasso, John Wiley Price, Scott Griggs, and Mayor Mike Rawlings throw their ceremonial dirt at yesterday's Sylvan Thirty groundbreaking. Photo: Chris McGathey
City Councilwoman Delia Jasso, County Commissioner John Wiley Price, City Councilman Scott Griggs, and Mayor Mike Rawlings throw their ceremonial dirt at yesterday’s Sylvan Thirty groundbreaking. Photo: Chris McGathey

I’m well aware of who John Wiley Price is; I wrote a term paper on him when I was a junior in high school. But he doesn’t know me from Adam. However, I was furiously scribbling notes as we stood next to each other yesterday during the ground-breaking ceremony for Sylvan Thirty. Even with only a slight awareness of his surroundings, he should have easily deduced that I’m a journalist.

That’s why I was shocked — shocked! — at the county commissioner’s response to Mayor Mike Rawlings’ request that Price join the lineup of elected officials turning dirt. “Why,” Price said as he stepped between two TV cameras, “because my hands look like they should be holding a shovel?”