As a part of the 2009 economic stimulus passed by Congress, Oklahoma City received $15 million to be used for street resurfacing. Tied to that was the requirement for crosswalks to meet the standards of the Americans With Disabilities Act. That meant installing handicap ramps, whether there was a sidewalk there or not!
Now, I have to say, I think handicap ramps should be on our sidewalks. I don’t think anyone would disagree with that. But come on, if there’s not a sidewalk there, why put in a ramp? How about putting the funds aside into a ‘sidewalk fund’? Let it earn some interest. Use it when sidewalks are put in.
We have all these Czars in the government. How about a Czar of Common Sense. Perhaps even a cabinet position? The Secretary of Common Sense. Someone in government to say, “this doesn’t make sense”! That’s probably too much to ask.
How about you? Do you feel stimulated yet????