The longer I'm a reporter, the more comfortable I am asking stupid questions. Over time, you learn it's better to ask than to assume. It's much worse for your pride to get something wrong in print, when you could have just asked a simple, dumb question.
Every once in a while, the answer to the dumb question leads to an interesting story. That's what happened to me this month.
After a recent council meeting, I asked a councilman why he abstained from a vote on confirming an appointment. He said he didn't agree with the confirmation process. So I asked him the dumb question - What's the process? Come to find out, it wasn't nearly as transparent as it seemed.
The FNP's editorial saw that and they were all, um, no.
Then, at the next council meeting when the appointments came up, viola, the process had changed.
I know some people say there is no such thing as a stupid question. I say there is, but ask it anyway.