All About Yuppie Arlington
National Guard's heavy equipment is in Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan. We can help everyone else but not ourselves.
Snow has to be removed and transported and dumped somewhere, probably the tidal Potomac below DC. Using the National Guard and Reserve would not cost local jurisdictions anything.
In the future the County should buy dual-purpose construction equipment that can be used for construction in the summer and snow removal in winter.
Major problem is with parked cars on streets.
Eastern Europe was keen to join NATO a decade ago. OK now they're in NATO they should be willing to police the Third World, not leave Third World policing to the USA.
We're going to have a couple more storms before March. Bring in the National Guard ASAP and clean out the roads.
How about a thread about the County's so-called "Transportation Planning" concomitant with "Smart Growth" that's caused narrowing of streets and thousands more parking spaces constructed every year? Then there's our vintage 2-track Metrorail system, designed for low-density, mild-climate suburbia. So are our fire, EMS, and police equipment. Let's face reality, Arlington does things in the same old same old way it did things 20, 25, 30 years ago. Time for a change.
Time for a change all right. Starting with Transportation Guru Chris Zimmerman announcing his retirement from the WMATA Board and Arlington County Board.
Actually, the Governor activated the National Guard last weekend and there are a few Guard troops helping County fire and EMS. But not many.
Front loaders? There are hundreds of used front loaders for sale on the Web.
We need a new transportation plan for Arlington. We DON'T need any more vehicles in Arlington.
For what Arlington pays to subsidize the wealthy theatre groups to produce revivals of the worst plays of the 20th Century the County can buy second hand John Deere front loaders that can be used for street paving during the summer months.
Look up John Deere 544 used on the Web.
What a lovely February day. I'll just take my bicycle out of storage and ride it to Shirlington and see if I can attend a matinee performance of "Sweeney Todd."
E-mail Jay Fisette and tell him how much you enjoyed riding your bicycle through the snow to Shirlington and how much you enjoyed Sweeney Todd - he'll be so pleased he'll appoint you to the Transportation Commission.
Also E-Mail Scott McCaffrey. He'll give you a Thumbs Up in his newspaper.
County should tell the wealthy arts crowd to fund their own theaters and use the millions that are saved to buy the equipment to begin a street paving and water main and storm water replacement and upgrade program.
We'll see what gets funded in the next County budget, due out in a week.
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