Stillwater News Press

October 16, 2010

OUR VIEW: Do What?


Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Editorial:

Farmers know that no matter how bountiful their harvest, they still prepare the soil and plant for next year’s crop.

Many of us grew up with wise parents and grandparents who taught us lessons of setting aside something for the future, “saving for a rainy day” and “not putting all your eggs in the same basket.” We learned to “learn by doing” and “you can’t stop progress,” and to “live and learn.”

So, the idea that making our street and road signs bigger and more reflective will make our world safer sounds like a proactive step forward. In a navel contemplation sort of way.

But requiring cities, counties and states to make multimillion-dollar investments in shinier street signs at a time that many cities, counties and states are trying to figure out how to pay to educate their kids, provide health care for those without and get food to people living under bridges? That sounds like a bureaucratic plan Grandpa would have declared, “Hog wash.”

Some of us don’t even know what hog wash means but it looks like a federal mandate for new road signs in these financially trying times when jobs are at stake, teachers are buying their own school supplies and the American dream has become a financial nightmare for many makes about as much sense as bathing a pig.

What do you think? For it? Against it? Care to explain it? Let us hear from you at letters@stwnewspress.com