Forum: Questions speed-camera program
March 16, 2012 10:18PM
Updated: April 19, 2012 8:34AM
Despite public anger over speed cameras in Chicago, aldermen have not responded to the wishes of their constituents and have approved installing them at many locations in the city. Remember this, as the election is near.
How much will the cameras cost? Who is going to maintain them and at what cost? Who is going to monitor the photos and send them to speeding offenders? Who is going to collect the fines?
I can visualize a contract bonanza for politically favored vendors in this program, whose prime purpose is generating revenue.
The entire plan is ill-advised and not needed, as was demonstrated by a study last year by the Chicago Department of Transportation. The cost factor and potential for mismanagement exceed any benefits gained.
You always feel bad after the one you voted for does not win the election. You also feel bad when the one you voted for wins and then does not perform as promised.
This election is the most important in our lifetime. It is not about anything the talking heads are telling us or the negative ads that are designed to discourage people from voting.
There is only one issue. Do you believe the government should keep growing larger and have more to say about how you conduct your life or do you believe the government should stop growing and have less effect on how we conduct ourselves?
The choice is quite clear. The outcome will determine how this country will conduct itself in the future.
How bad would you feel if you stayed home and your vote would have made the difference?
Maybe PR guys can address that
Thank you for the recent editorial cartoon about Crestwood’s plan to hire a public relations consultant.
I recently called Crestwood Village Hall and asked why Crestwood does not have a website. The clerk directed me to a site, and sure enough, it exists — only the “news” on it is about 15 months old. Being a former teacher of computer science, I offered to volunteer to update the site, and the clerk gave me the voice mail of the person in charge of the website.
When I offered my services, he told me that unless I worked for the village I could not work on the website, and he began explaining the consultant hiring to me. I asked why an outside consultant was needed, and we went back and forth on the issue.
I ended the call when it became apparent that he was not at all interested in answering me but only wanted to lecture me on all that Crestwood has done for its citizens.