April 11, 2005
Let's Just All Work for Jones Bros., Then
According to a Mason-Dixon poll, published today in the Chattanooga Times-Free Press, the Number One Issue that keeps Chattanoogans agitated and interested is Quality Education | Transparent Government | Higher Voter Turnout | Safety and Environment Concerns Better Roads.
We're a pretty lousy lot of drivers, we can't afford the fuel, and we somehow want it quiet while we're eating our cake too, but we sure do want better roads and fewer problems with traffic. No wonder TDOT had an untouchable budget until the current administration changed that just a tad. No wonder the road construction lobby feels like it can manhandle legislators. It's all apparently supported by public opinion.
Yep, we need w i d e r roads for those Xtra-Super-Heavy-Duty-Off-Road F3500X2480s (er, shouldn't that be On-Road?). We need smoother roads for the Princess-on-the-Pea in her Lexus SUV. We need more lanes, so that the 100mph zig-zaggers can get ever closer to their apparent holy grail: perpendicularity to the traffic flow.
Nah, we can worry about jobs (and an educated workforce to fill them) later. Or, as the title of this post suggests, we can all get jobs moving orange barrels around and pouring concrete for the Jones Bros.
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