Letters to editor

Poverty in the eye of the beholder

By From page A8 | February 02, 2014

Wake up, people!

Remember when the city appealed to the public about the need for more money due to the dissolution of the Redevelopment Agency that funded a lot of projects, including money into the city’s general fund?

“Fairfield moves ahead with aerial photos plan,” in the Jan. 22 newspaper, shelling out money for aerial photos of this city just to know how to plan for maintenance of the public infrastructure is nothing short of pure waste when there are plenty of streets in dire need of repairing the continued and everyday asphalt deterioration. The city repaved Gateway Boulevard last year when there was nothing wrong with it aside from the road cracks that were filled in with liquid tar.

Despite doing this bit of work, the cries from the city about “poverty” still echo out loudly. To pave Gateway Boulevard for nothing more than an aesthetic look while just patching up West Texas Street is just plain stupidity. Think not?

Down on James Street within one to two blocks from my home, there are two distinct street sections where the asphalt is completely gone and there are ruts, holes and just plain old-fashioned ruin going on every day while the city cries “poverty,” but can justify spending money for aerial photos.

Have you taken a good look at the “glorified” downtown area lately?

So let’s move forward and take a bunch of aerial photos so the folks in the city’s street department know which streets are in need of help. As far as I’m concerned, too many city employees are spending too much time in their offices and not out and about the city to identify street problems.

Unless it’s a roadway associated with the mall areas. But I guess that’s OK?

Marcus Maclean


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  • The MisterFebruary 02, 2014 - 7:32 am

    Obviously you're mistaken, Marcus. Mayor Price said out-going City Manager Quinn has been a great steward of the city. So, either Mayor Price is drunk, City Manager Quinn is a swindler, or you're wrong, Marcus.

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  • patrickFebruary 02, 2014 - 1:19 pm

    why spend the money on aerial photos? the powers that be will soon have unmanned aerial drones watching us.

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