Sometime this past spring, I wrote what was meant to be a cheeky letter to the editor suggesting that the gaping potholes in our city streets were actually good for the economy due to the resultant increase in tire and suspension repairs.
I asked, tongue-in-cheek, that no pothole work proceed.
Alas, I seem to have been taken at my word and feel responsible for the heavy burden that Kamloops motorists have to bear every time they hear the inevitable resounding “wham” of a wheel exploring yet another asphalt abyss.
Seriously, though, it has gone way past sardonic humour. If one were to apply the stages of grieving to the situation, we would be long beyond the anger stage and well into depression.
God forbid we would ever get to acceptance and regard the status quo as just that — with no hope of remedy.
The city’s response to the deterioration of our streets has been pathetic to say the least. City hall has, unbelievably, asked the public to call to report pothole locations, when its own employees, who are constantly on the road, could, if utilized, be the best source of that information.
Is it a union issue?
I must admit to calling the pothole number several times, as well as the public works department.
Those I spoke to were unengaged, defensive and uninformed.
One young lady I spoke to had no idea where the intersection of East Battle and Columbia streets was located.
Let’s have a forthright explanation for the current sorry state of our roads and a plan to rectify it.