Thursday, May 6, 2010

It's the infrastructure, stupid

I've constantly whined about Bend's aversion to maintaining, let alone improving, its infrastructure, which are roads, water, sewer, storm drains, parks, schools and decent croissants.

I am not alone. Apparently, this is a nationwide phenomenon with roots all the way back to the Reagan era. Check out this story for a little background.

The problem with infrastructure is the word infrastructure. It's something for engineers to get excited about, but not your average citizen.

But, roads are something we see everyday when we turn the key on our autos and watch the globe warm.

And sewers, well, we'd rather not think about them, but our butts do. It's all part of the circle of life from "The Lion King."

The bottom line is if we don't improve our infrastructure, we're talking backed-up sewers. After that, who cares about roads or anything else.

But, that's where we are as a city and a nation. Our collective sewer is backed up and our solution is to throw a tea party.

I guess it's better than fiddling while the oil slick burns.

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