cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
There are some obvious choices for the title "hometown hero". Our police officers and our firefighters and our health care professionals and those who serve in various capacities in local and county government. Our teachers and school administrators; our elected officials who spend their time in the pursuit of the public good, and all those who toil in the shadows helping the less fortunate among us are also some of my hometown heroes.
The Congressional Budget Office has completed and released its study on the effects of ethanol. The outcome was predictable.