"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat. "We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
''How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be,” said the Cat "or you wouldn’t have come here.”
It must be the availability of vast amounts of federal dollars that makes the sanest of public officials go stark raving mad. How else to explain this:
Funds to boost Bland tourism initiativeI now know why I'm not our county administrator. I would have phrased that first sentence differently.
By Charles Owens, Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BLAND, Va. — A $800,000 federal funding appropriation could finance a far-reaching tourism initiative for Bland County.
“The county of Bland is looking at a tourism initiative,” County Administrator Jonathan Sweet said. “We feel it is going to take a pragmatic approach to diversify our economy. We are looking at burning the candle at both ends and the middle, and tourism is a logical component of the diversifying of our economy. This federal budget appropriation will go toward basically launching investments in tourism, and those investments are going to look to capitalize upon our existing assets, further our existing assets, and bolster our existing tourism industries.” (link)
The county of Bland is looking for a tourist.So we're going to put up some more tourist-attracting buildings and wait ...
And wait ...
Guess who's behind this grand scheme - as if there were any doubt. Boucher:
In a report last week, U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., said the $800,000 federal appropriation would fund a tourism initiative that included a possible Wilderness Visitors’ and Interpretive Center in Bland that could be a focal point for tourists seeking to learn about what the county has to offer, as well as for the creation of new points of access for visitors to the Jefferson National Forest in Bland County, and the enhancement of the assets of the national forest through the creation of networks of multi-use trails, campgrounds and parking and picnic areas.Here's the plan:
Sweet said the county is still working to determine how the funding will actually be used ...Great plan. That means Boucher is throwing money at the county and we're scrambling to figure out how to spend it.
How about another hiking trail, Jonathan? Southwest Virginia only has 79 now with 13 more under construction.
I should have known:
“Exactly how those dollars will be spent hasn’t been decided,” Sweet said. “It will be transportation related with a focus on multi-use trail development.At least he's thinking positively. "Multi-use" means he anticipates more than one tourist taking advantage of our $800,000 trails and tourism stuff.
If I'd been asked by Congressman Boucher for my opinion, I'd have had a better suggestion for that $800,000 in happy money he wants to dole out. I'd have recommended Bud Lite for all the citizenry. It would have at least provided more short-term gratification, and if purchased at the Citgo station in town, would bring more long-term economic stimulus.
And after it's all gone, we could gather together at the park in town for a "Urination Days" festival (now there's a tourist attraction) and we can all pee on the county literally - rather than politically as these our public officials are doing.
$800,000. Our tax dollars at work.