Friday, May 27, 2011

we can't fix potholes but we can come up with $640,000 for art for the I-5 bridge

the register guard --

The I-5 bridge over the Willamette River which will open in about two years from now will contain sculptures that will epict a river and canoe, and two baskets containing camas.

ODOT is using $640,000 in federal money to commission the three sculptures and that money will be used to pay for the artist design, make and install the works.

okay, this is one of the examples that just gets me fuming.

We are constantly inundated with the government crying that they do not have money for road maintenance, funding for police and fire and has to close or reduce bed size in jails.

HOWEVER they ALWAYS seem to find a way to come up with money for art.


When the economy gets better... we can always add art to the project later and besides, people driving through the area will be more impressed with well maintained roadway versus rough roads and pretty roadside ornaments.

the bottom line... like I have said before, "right pocket... left pocket... it's still the same pair of pants" or more importantly...


So next time that our government representatives decide that they would like to raise our taxes or add additional fees let us refer to all the money that is being spent for "art" or other pooh-pooh projects and let them know that we gave you some money... and this is how you spent it... now go away!


Blogger Bobkatt said...

Haven't you heard? We are fixing roads in other countries. And schools and hospitals too.
Of course we are also spending billions dropping Obama's "humanitarian" love bombs on Libya and Pakistan and soon probably Syria creating rather large potholes to fix.

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Blogger MAX Redline said...

You've fallen completely off the edge. "Art" is important! Infrastructure is just...well, infrastructure. Your priorities are just so out of whack. Believe me, a hundred years from now your grandchildren will enjoy riding their bicycles out to bask in the glow of such forward-thinking art projects.

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