It’s All About Those Darned Priorities

Hmmm, Priorities, A response To A Letter In The S-R
I’m flattered that you like the idea for an automated system to call out the bus stops for disabled persons. While it might cost a few thousand to install a system(there are tons of systems that could be had for less than a thousand dollars a bus…it’s a pretty simple thing actually)that does the job, I would like to point out that obviously we do have tons of cash in our fair city as we are about to pee away four million dollars to replace an art gallery that is already in existence and not necessarily in need of replacement.(although perhaps not as ‘pretty’ as some people might want, it remains functional) Perhaps what really is out of order here is the way in which the priorities of our community are being set by our mayor and council. Millions for an art collection of questionable value(Just who determines what “art” is worth anyhow?),or help out a real person that really needs a hand? Besides, it won’t be only Marianne that requires use of the system; with an aging population of baby boomers,one can only surmise that we are only at the cusp of things, and these types of needs will have to be addressed in order to keep things running properly. It doesn’t seem too difficult of a decision to me, millions for an art gallery, or a few thousand to help out real people ,but then again, that’s just me thinking, and I don’t make the decisions. It’s all about those priorities.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted November 21, 2008 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    I certainly agree with your assessment of the way the spending of public funds is prioritized but I have to differ where an automated bus-stop-caller-outer thingee is concerned.

    WTF. This is Woodstock. The buses typically carry a handful (at best) of customers. Would it be so incredibly difficult for a handicapped passenger to simply ask the driver to call out the stop? We don’t need a nuclear powered, laser guided, computerized system that shouts “Next stop – Box Mall!” All we need is for people to demonstrate some common sense and consideration and TALK to one another. Face to face.

    Why do we need technology to facilitate a simple exchange between two people? Why do we need more rules and regulations to govern what should amount to a simple conversation between two reasonable people?

    Besides, You’re opening yourself up to some pretty serious discrimination charges here. What about deaf people? What about people that don’t speak English? Why are blind people special? Will we need to upgrade to the universal translator, sign language model?

    Bigot. 🙂

  2. jim bender
    Posted November 21, 2008 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    I agreee..
    the drivers should really be doing the job…besides, we are all human and what the hell has happened to people to make them think this is something they wouldn’t do for someone anyways?
    yesterday I was in a grocery store that has an express check out…an old guy couldn’t nag his own stuff…the cashier wouldn’t even help him. I bagged the stuff for him.
    I just think that we need to be a bit more humane to the human race or we’ve lost ourselves completely.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted November 21, 2008 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    “a bit more humane to the human race or we’ve lost ourselves completely.”

    Just to be a nitpicker…..
    Forget the human race. If individual people simply demonstrate good manners and consideration to one another the human race will be just fine.

    Take me for example. I’m a model of consideration and mannerliness. I take great pains to empathize with the feelings of others and accept that they may not always agree with my point of view.

    Anybody seen that leftie moron lately. He still owes me a deposit on his membership to the IRBS (International Racist Bigot Society.) 🙂

  4. jim bender
    Posted November 21, 2008 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Everything starts with the individual. Being nice to people should be a naturally occuring event. I try hard every day to do something out of kindness, even if its only a few words

  5. Chris
    Posted November 22, 2008 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    its a shame that others cannot express the same way. Just holding open a door, though not much, is helping. I agree with the comments here, I believe if we all just try to be nice or considerate to not only disabled, or elderly, but everyone else. This world will be a lot better place

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