Crosswalks: Laid-off teachers could use the money

Tue, 01/26/2010 - 4:07pm
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[Recently] I wrote on the waste and worthless projects our government creates in the name of “your tax dollars at work.”

Since it was published, I have received several calls from concerned citizens agreeing that this project should never have been started. I also received a letter from one of our county commissioners, and that is what i would like to address.

Quote from the commissioner: “I agree with you 100 percent that this money is wasted, not well spent and that this crosswalk will never be used. I do want you to be aware that the funds used were from the stimulus money from Washington, D.C., and are not spent by the county. The Fayette County Board of Commissioners has no input on this project.”

What kind of answer is that?

Are you telling me the county will never have to pay for maintenance, repair or upkeep on them? How about paying for the electricity they use? Are you also telling me we have no input or say on how we run our own city and county, or what we spend our money on?

Do you mean to tell me that this is the only place in the county where we could spend a few hundred thousand dollars? Are you saying that we couldn’t hire more police and pay their salary for a year or two? How about teachers, or rehiring some people that have been laid off? How about helping people pay their rent or mortgage or put food on their table?

No, we have to have a crosswalk that will never be used. This is insane!

A pig is a pig, no matter what kind of dress you try to put it in. Waste is waste, and you and I are paying for it. This money is not “Obama Stash money.” It’s still our hard-earned tax dollars that are being wasted.

We need common people, who have common sense to run our federal government as well as our local government. Once again, vote these irresponsible people out of office, and put people in who won’t spend what isn’t theirs.

Thomas R. Henry

Fayetteville, Ga.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 11:10pm.

only one thing...MARTA BUSSES!

AFTER LIVING IN DEKALB, knowing how they stop up traffic, that is just what we need, and probably will have on some of these little pig trails that stop in the middle of no where. case in point...Lee's Mill, it is pretty, but dangerous. It dead ends into Sandy Creek, is 2 lane, double lined almost the entire way....can you imagine coming over one of those hills onto one of those stopped, big lumbering busses, or God help you, behind one, and needing to get to work.

I think you need to look at who is on your board of commisioners and their road to no where and realize they want busses. THAT IS THE ONLY LOGICAL REASON FOR THOSE CROSSWALKS. You know just don't believe is incrediable...

Submitted by Spyglass on Wed, 01/27/2010 - 11:00am.

I'm guessing someone else, if not you, would have complained about that. Having dealt with the FEDS in the past, I'm quite sure there were strings attached to how this money could be spent...I'll be willing to bet it would have been hard to send it back, again, based on my dealings with them.

Were you aware of this money? Were you aware of how they planned to spend it? Or did you just read about it in the paper? Get involved with the Council and make your voice heard before it's too might just help.

Submitted by ginga1414 on Wed, 01/27/2010 - 9:22am.

You are absolutely right. At the corner of Lee's Mill and Hwy. 92 we also have a crosswalk with the little hand signals for crossing. I have lived on Lee's Mill Rd. for 25 years. I stop at that intersection several times each day and I have NEVER seen anyone trying to cross at that intersection. I have never seen anyone walking along Hwy. 92.

This is just like the West Fayetteville Bypass. Our county officials are spending millions of our tax dollars on a road that is absolutely not needed. On top of that, they are destroying and compromising 8 wetland areas. Some of which provide drinking water for the county. Our county officials need to get real. We, the tax paying public, just aren't as stupid as they seem to think we are. We need to show them just how we feel about their decisions this coming year at the polls.

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