On the road to ruin

Posted Saturday, Aug. 03, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
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The Texas Department of Transportation’s decision to convert paved roads to gravel was presented as routine, but I find it appalling and ominous.

This action is a retreat, a surrender, an admission of ineffectiveness and incompetence.

What’s next? A water main breaks. It’s expensive to fix. The government tells us to dig wells?

The electrical grid breaks down. It’s expensive to maintain. The government tells us to buy generators?

Prisons and police cost too much. The government tells us to shoot criminals or comply with their demands, because either way the government isn’t going to do anything about it?

Does Rick Perry really think that businesses and individuals from other states will want to move to his shining example of conservative Texas merely because taxes are low, if the result is that our infrastructure is collapsing and needed services are unavailable?

— George M. Sherry, Fort Worth

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