OF PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS - An Acoustics Problem in Congress


By Tony Russell

It was halftime at the high school game, and I was standing in line waiting to buy a veggieburger and a glass of cider. Turned out the guy in front of me was Dave Crawford, one of my high school classmates, who has a commercial electronics business. We got to jawing, and I asked him if he was getting much work with the economy still in a nosedive.

“I can’t complain, Ace,” he said. “Things have been slow for the past year and a half, and I had to lay off most of my crew, but I landed a job in DC that’s been keeping me pretty busy right now.”

“Yeah?” I said. “What are you doing?”

“Actually,” he said, “I’m working on an acoustics problem they’re having in both the House and the Senate. Something’s not working right. They talk, and the public can hear them just fine, but when the public talks to them, they can hardly hear a word. Or if something gets through, the sound is completely distorted.” ...

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