Troubling cuts — Southwest Virginia comes up shortIt's probably not a coincidence that the area of the state that provides the most united - and most vociferous - opposition to tax increases to feed the VDOT maw is the same area that is getting hit hardest by the proposed service cuts.
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The widespread budget cuts recommended last week by Virginia Department of Transportation Commissioner David Ekern are particularly troubling for far Southwest Virginia.
It would appear the commissioner has failed to take into consideration the unique geography and challenges of this region in his final decision.
Ekern, who delivered his final recommendations to members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board, is calling for a closure of two local rest areas along the Interstate 81 corridor in Wythe and Smyth counties, the elimination of safety service patrols in Southwest Virginia, and even a significantly scaled-back mowing schedule along local interstate corridors. [link]
Call it payback.
Or a tantrum.
But, except - to a minor degree - for the safety patrols being eliminated, a service that provided valuable assistance but is overly costly, I don't have a problem with these cuts. I'll just learn to pee when I stop at McDonald's for my diet coke. And, as much as I'll mourn the loss of jobs for all those Mexicans who mow the interstate medians and off-ramps, I'll learn to deal with tall grass. It's kinda nice, environmentally speaking, anyway.
So here's to VDOT. Make them cuts.
If you think it's going to change our attitudes toward the waste you engender, think again.
In fact, now that we know it's possible, WE DEMAND MORE CUTS.