I received a few inquiries wondering why I've called Mayor Heartwell "Big Sister". It's a literary allusion to Big Brother, the all-seeing all-knowing all-powerful tyrant in George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984. Of course, Heartwell is hardly the terror that Big Brother was. Indeed, he is a bit of a wuss, hence the monicker "Big Sister". No doubt the feminists have already gotten their knickers in a twist over my denigration of a man by calling him a woman, but I never promised to be politically correct -- just correct.
Besides Editor Bridget has already taken me to the woodshed over this, so I've paid the price for having some fun at the mayor's expense.