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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v10n35 (08/31/2011) » Section: Letters to Artvoice

A Tale of Two Counties

Once upon a time there was a very nice county named Erie. It would have been a wonderful place to live and raise a family but it had one very serious problem. Three years ago it had voted for King Chris as its leader. To the dismay of these fine citizens, King Chris was not interested in serving the public. He only cared about himself. March in a parade? Kick out the veterans and go first. Can’t find a parking spot? Pull into handicap place. Don’t care for some of the culturals? Slash their funding to zero. Think the libraries cost too much? Cut their budget so they have to lay off workers, shorten their hours, and buy fewer books. Being overrun by rats? Tell the taxpayers to hire an exterminator, and whatever you do, don’t get sick because the clinics have been closed and the non-mandated coverage from Medicaid has been eliminated. Your child needs glasses. Buy them. You don’t have job? Who cares! King Chris has the $26 million in stimulus finds tucked away instead of using it to increase employment. This way he can call it a surplus, and his pals got big fat raises.

Train Stations and Universities

A train station most importantly must link the visitor to the city or town it is entering. Can the passengers enter an alternate mode of transport safely and conveniently once they step off the train? The downtown railroad station is now remotely located and useless. It does not need to be the Taj Mahal but it needs to serve its purpose.

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