I know it takes money to fix roads, and I know we’d rather spend that money on other things. But gosh darn, why can’t we even fix something as simple as a manhole cover in the middle of the road?
I really do wonder if those in power in Missoula have any sense. Here’s this thing that countless drivers drive over each day in Missoula, and we could fix it in a couple of days.
Hey, I’m willing to bet that we, as Americans, could fix this manhole cover in the middle of the street in just one day if we wanted to.
Gosh, some Irishmen and Chinamen built 10 miles of railroad track in one day in 1869 and you’re telling me we can’t fix a fucking hole in the road?
This is what we’re dealing with here in Missoula, and this is why I’ve said again and again on this site that recalling Mayor John Engen would be such a good idea.
Right here is the reason why. All you need to do is go to every public appearance the mayor makes and hold up a picture of this hole in the road (there wouldn’t be many). It doesn’t get more black and white than that when it comes to incompetence in Missoula.
Oh, we could have fixed that – I’m not arguing that. It’s just that we’d rather continue paying out-of-state lawyers and consultants to tell us how to steal a water company. We’d rather buy a park for $42 million so rich kids can play once a week. We’d rather climb up a house of cards than simply abide with what we need and can afford.
I’m no road expert, so I don’t know what it’d cost to fix something like this huge pothole in the middle of the road in Missoula. Maybe it’d be $10,000…but I just don’t think so. But I’ll tell you what, I bet a lot of people in Missoula would say yes, let’s fix that damn thing that I hit each day, or at least do my best to swerve around (I find swerving to the left works best).
So here’s hoping those in Missoula that run things can figure out how to fix this problem. But you know what, I’m not counting on it. Nope, I’m willing to be I’ll be hitting this bump in the road for a long time to come.
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