Goliath bows to David in rematch (Editorial)
The odds seemed to be against it, but, as of old, David beat Goliath.
The man in charge of the National Appeals Division in the nation’s capitol has granted an appeal from three Eastern Shore farm operations, allowing them to keep the federal grants they received — and subsequently spent — for conservation projects on their farms and even reinstated the contracts which had several more years to run before they were invalidated under authority of the U.S. Office of the Inspector General.
(Goliath, as we all know, now resides in Washington, D.C.)
The farmers had failed each time along the appeal process, and it was sort of hope-against-hope that anything different would emerge from this, the final stop in the bureaucratic morass, prior to the possibility of carrying the appeal to the federal court system.
But NAD Director Roger Klurfeld found what he called “equities” that persuaded him to buck the odds — the farmers never attempted to deceive NRCS, they laid it all out on the table, and they did all the work required under the contracts and for which they were paid.
And he added that they did so consistently in good faith.
It was as if Klurfeld had stuck out his hand and said, “Hey gentlemen, sorry for the misunderstanding. Thanks for taking the appeal up the ladder. Glad to get a chance to straighten it out.”
Justice is not always blind.