Living in Albuquerque, New Mexico and yesterday having gone to the public forum regarding the roundabout which will be built at the intersection of Rio Grande and Candelaria NW (in spite of a half-hearted attempt by the City employees to pretend it was not a done deal, I mean, they had a rough start date and completion date), I was struck by the total dishonesty of the set-up.
First, in the grand tradition of City preparation, it was held in a room designed for 80 people even though it had been advertised in the paper and on a mobile billboard on Rio Grande and there were people banished to the outside.
Secondly, the people running the show came prepared with no sound system for us to hear and, after spending a half hour setting up chairs and showing us a movie, gave us a half hour to comment, not nearly enough time although they did suddenly pull an extra half hour out of their hat to let us talk. And talk we did but I'd say they received far more public criticism than the adulation they were expecting.
Thirdly, where was Councilor Debbie O'Malley? She sent a non-talking proxy apparently not wanting talk to us face to face. She could have at least pried her herself from under her desk at City Hall and come down. And where was Mayor Berry? He shows up on TV every day promoting every spending project he can come up with. Not even a non-talking parrot representative from him.
And make no mistake, this is another city spending project to justify positions and salaries downtown. It will cost us taxpayers a half million dollars in local funds and it will cost us taxpayers another million dollars in federal funds to build this 'circus' as one woman called it. (Is it just me or does it seem immoral to be taking money from a federal government which is already trillions of dollars in arrears? Our unborn grandkids just gotta love us for this.)
Maybe I've grown old and cynical but these bureaucratic charades leave me screaming inside with such a feeling of powerlessness. Anyway, I left the meeting and drove through this deadly, soon-to-be-dissected intersection. Strangely enough, I survived the excursion to write this letter.
by © Clyde James Aragon
from "Full Frontal Stupidity" - http://fullfrontalstupidity.blogspot.com/
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