Have you heard about the new Beltline name change?
For anyone who doesn't know, the Beltline is a major east/west freeway in our fair locale. It connects Springfield and I-5 to west Eugene and all points in between. As far back as I can remember it has been called Beltline. And I can remember back pretty far.
Our idiot Governor Ted Kulongoski has decided he needs to honor a now deceased businessman who played a major part in Oregon's transportation system. So, he's going to name a major freeway to the tune of $250,000 (think quarter of a million dollars!) plus a ceremony. The money goes to replacing signs! Huge signs, many signs. For what??
Excuse me? Aren't we in a recession? Aren't state, city, county employees being laid off or furloughed? Excuse me, aren't we always whining about and being overtaxed because we don't have enough - MONEY!
Plant a tree, stick a statue somewhere, name the new pedestrian bridge after him. Name a star, or a day, or a child after him but please, leave our money alone.