Friday, December 14, 2007

Why we're so anal about snow removal

Few things get taxpayers as riled up as when the streets aren't cleared of snow and ice in a timely manner.

It's not inappropriate, of course, and very understandable.

Gender, race, economic status and the like don't matter. As taxpayers we pay for this service and when it's not done right, we get mad. Period.

It's like the metric system. Tell us we need to spend billions to change highway signs from miles to kilometers and we'll tell you to take a hike (but not so nicely). It's the kind of issue that unites liberals and conservatives and those in between.

Public officials everywhere would do well to heed the wrath of constituents angry about slippery and snow coverered streets.

If they need to know why, just ask former Chicago mayor Michael Bilandic.

1 comment:

Dad29 said...

OR former Chi Mayor Jane Whats-her-name.