Monday, March 15, 2010

15/31 Outrageous Use of OUR Money

Have you heard about the new Beltline name change?

It's outrageous.

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.


tshsmom said...

I wrote a huge reply to this yesterday...then my internet went out AGAIN! The short version is that I totally agree. MN has a multi-billion$ budget deficit and they're still pushing for us to build the Vikings a new stadium. :(

Cherie said...

It's just unbelievable.