Bouquets and Brickbats: A rebuke held in reserve for Steve Bolts

We came dangerously close to hurling a humongous brickbat at lame duck undersheriff Steve Bolts, who was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving last weekend. Then we remembered, “Innocent until proven guilty, innocent until proven guilty, innocent until proven guilty. ”

So no brickbat yet, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on this case — and counting down the days until a new administration is in charge over at the Sheriff’s Department.

At least the county isn’t on the hook for paid administrative leave, since Bolts has been on unpaid vacation. File that one under small favors.

Farewell to Cal Poly’s William Johnson

For hitting just the right notes in his 44 years with the Cal Poly music department, we toss a bright bouquet of trumpet flowers to William Johnson, who is retiring as the university’s director of instrumental music. Johnson’s list of accomplishments, awards and honors is huge, and includes a Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Band Directors Association and a Distinguished Teacher award. Take a bow, maestro.

Kudos to those who voted

Red, white and blue bouquets tied with stars-and-stripes streamers to those stalwart voters who managed to cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary election. Unfortunately, voters were in the minority; turnout was less than 40 percent.

We hate to be Debbie Downers, but we wonder if anybody’s going to show up for the special election for state Senate coming up on June 22.

Rest up, primary winners

Speaking of elections, we toss congratulatory bouquets to the winners of Tuesday’s races, along with thank-you nosegays to each and every candidate who stood for office. Without you, there would be no need for elections — and we never forget that.

To those of you advancing to November runoffs: Get some much-deserved rest. You’re going to need every bit of energy during the months ahead.