In fact, Mayor Gahan has nothing whatever to do with “Free Help for College Financial Aid Applications” …


 … apart from announcing it, which in turn allows city government (i.e., taxpayers) to foot the bill for this flyer bearing the mayor’s photo, so as to stuff into envelopes along with inflated sewer bills, thus suggesting that somehow Gahan has made the event possible.

Of course, when a cult of personality is the goal, fudging facts is what you do. It’s as though the campaign hasn’t ever stopped, so let’s go to the College Goal Sunday website to clarify matters.

There we find no mention of Jeff Gahan, but several useful factoids.

  • College Goal Sunday takes place on the same day at 42 sites in Indiana.
  • College Goal Sunday is a program “that helps college-bound Indiana students, who qualify for undergraduate admission to a college or technical school in 2016 and their families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). College Goal Sunday provides on-site help from financial aid experts, primarily from Indiana colleges and universities.”
  • College Goal Sunday is free to users because of its funders and supporters, including the Lilly Endowment, NCAN and several state agencies. Neither Jeff Gahan’s nor the City of New Albany’s name appears. Cue Gomer Pyle: “Surprise, surprise, surprise.”
  • College Goal Sunday makes use of volunteers, including “semi-experts to help the experts.” This sounds like a job for the Board of Works, so long as members are obliged to spend the previous evening in a Holiday Inn Express.

This insistence on the part of Gahan’s to be viewed as the leading force, the source of guidance, the originator of wisdom — the genius of the flood plain — it can be explained by insecurity, right?

I mean, does anyone really believe it?

‘Cept for Elena, of course.