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The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
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Lisa at Lisa's Chaos has challenged us Fun Monday participants to this this week:
    What is one thing you would like to ask your readers? Come up with a question to pose to your visitors and throw it out there on Monday. As we’re all visiting each other’s Fun Monday posts we should answer the various questions we come across.
    OR
    Show&Tell me about a bird, I’m easily made happy.


Okay...let me think of something that would be good enough to ask a very diversified group without getting myself into trouble. Hmmmmmm :::thinking:::

Here goes.

In your town, city, burg, metropolis --what is the ONE thing you would change to make it a better place to live if you were an elected official for your area in which you reside?

Hope you have an Answer in my comments as our hostess wishes!!

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I for one would love to have a whole different group that would run the city more efficiently, if I were elected. And then, the first thing on their agenda would be to resurface ALL the streets in town. If there isn't enough man power, there are strong men and women who are in their cell blocks right now that could get out there, lay asphalt and we could drive our cars on SMOOTH streets; I'd make the call! This city, so called "Sparkling City by the Bay", has the most atrocious street crews and city budgets....I swear the reason my car is out of alignment all the time is the rutted, broken streets! I can go down the most prestigious road, where the million dollar mansions are, along the shoreline, and the people in back of me, I'm sure, think I'm the friendliest driver in front of them, and so on and so forth in back of them....we're all waving because of the roller coaster, 'bumper' car streets! I'm almost sure I drove over a Volkswagen Beetle the other day ---it was driving along, disappeared before my very eyes, and then ---along came a pothole big enough to bury the 4 wheeled bug!!! Come to think of it, there WAS a little piece of metal rod jutting up out of the hole. You don't suppose it was the VW's antenna? I didn't stop to turn around and see if there was assistance needed in there ---afterall, I was headed for a patch of GOOD surface, and my car wasn't about to stop on the rough. Just ahead of me, it called my name.


MamaDrama is next week's hostess.

38 comments :

  1. You have my vote already, and then I would get you over here to take care of our damaged streets!!

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  2. I would insist upon proper curb and guttering and footpaths. Although I am a big nature lover and don't mind walking on the grass, the state of our drains and the lack of footpaths here is atrocious. Children have to walk to school on the roads as the lack of proper paths seems to encourage home owners to plant trees right in the middle of the pathway.

    I would also insist upon public bathrooms in the local park. Its a popular fishing area, with shops and a playground but the closest bathroom is about 15 minutes walk up the lake. Too far for little children to go when on a picnic or playing in the park.

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  3. Before I saw your answer I had a similar thought. I'd insist the one company here that does the streets actually did a decent job for once. They are repairing the same spots on the roads now that they repaired last year when we got here.

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  4. Oh good question. Hmmm. I live in an area that has a few problems too. I think I'd do something to rejuvinate the town centre. We had a thriving market a while ago but they 'did it up' and lost half the traders as it took so long. I'd offer incentives for traders to return and that in turn would make our town a more attractive place to visit and boost the towns terrible economy.

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  5. Ooh, that's easy for me. I live in Atlanta, and my biggest complaint is traffic, so I'd work on that. Maybe giving incentives for people who are greener in the way they commute, or if they work from home would help. Then again, I don't carpool or work from home, so maybe that would help encourage me to do so.

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  6. Oooh Anni, I love your new layout. Very pretty!

    Well, if I were in charge down here the numero uno thing I would do is make English the official language and ENFORCE it.

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  7. Housing - we have new properties being built in the centre of town but it is mainly outside investors who are buying them and then renting them out because the price is just way too high for the average person to buy.

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  8. We've got these stupid medians that were put up on the main thoroughfare about a year ago. They REALLY impede the flow of traffic. I HATE them. Yeah, they'd go.

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  9. okay here's the deal, you've already read my blog so you know my situation. If we end up living back in IL, I would change the way the whole system runs. For the last about 5 years, they haven't had a budget passed for the whole state in time, then they have to pay for all the state senators to stay overnight in hotels and meals and pay them EXTRA to pass the budget in OVERTIME. Then of course, they can't 'pay' the state workers so they have to do a special thing, and all the state workers are on tenterhooks wondering if they will get paid or not. ALSO they keep robbing the pension fund. I'd def. go and kick their butts for that. If I was in office.

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  10. In my city, I wish they would make a law banning the use of cell phones when you are driving. It is so dangerous.

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  11. I love your story about the VW - too funny LOL

    I live in a tourist town that is entirely too crowded. I would immediately make all new development stop. We have enough giant condos and our roads can't handle the traffic we already have so why add more? We don't have enough workers to take care of the visitors we already have so it's not like we need more for our economy. I would focus on making what we already have better instead of adding more.

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  12. Pretty new layout Hootin' Annie! I would totally revamp the trash/recycling program. Did you read this post from this week? http://findingbeautyinmosteveryday.blogspot.com/2008/08/where-h-e-double-hockey-sticks-is.html

    Ayy-ayyyy-ayyyyy!

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  13. This is a piece of cake for me! Our county citizens have been fighting for an indoor pool for over 20 years! Our high school swim teams have to travel out of county JUST TO PRACTICE let alone compete. But aside from them, we have waiting lists for water aerobics classes all summer... and then when summer is over these people have to go out of county to continue - or give it up! That's nuts! An indoor pool would only be a PLUS to our community! Swim lessons, dive lessons, open swimming year round... the county is crazy not to put one in! If I were in charge it would be there!

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  14. If I were in charge of my city, I would make sure we had a mass transit system that worked - including local trains to get your from one side of the city to the other in an efficient manner - then buses on the other ends to get you close to your destination. In this era of high gas prices and pollution, moving people around in an efficient way can make the biggest difference in my city!

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  15. I'm pretty happy with my city. I live in a medium sized town, under 100,000, for California. We have 2 high schools, and another under construction, but only 1 library, I think I'd add another library.

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  16. Hahaha, I mean it's sad but you made me laugh ! Fortunately you weren't behind me when I owned a VW beetle, I wouldn't blog today ! We have these "hole" situation all over the country on highways !! that's even worse ! but in my little Waterloo town, I really don't see what to change. Our major is a nice guy and takes care of even the poorest once. The streets are good, there is nearly no criminality besides burglery sometimes, but I can go out at night without any problem.
    But don't think that it is everywhere like that ! not at all, we are really lucky to live here.

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  17. OOHh Good thing to change!!
    I would so make them clean the snow off the sides of the street in the winter!!!!!!!!!
    I myself with 4 kids trying to get over a hudge pile of snow the length of every side walk is awful!! I have seen people fall tying to get over it!!

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  18. If I ran our city, and had all the money in the world, I'd add extra lanes to every road, to cut down on the traffic congestion.

    But hey, I live in southern California - home of traffic congestion!

    Have a great Monday!

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  19. Wow! Those are some seriously nasty roads. The poor VW Bug never stood a chance, did it?
    My town? Bellevue (Omaha), Nebraska. I'd accept the roads just the way they are if they would fix the people driving on them. I have been all over the world and the people here, without exception, are the worst drivers ever. Every red light you stop at, someone runs it. They cut in front of traffic, they talk, eat, smoke, etc. all at the same time while driving. It's hair raising, and there are so many terrible accidents every week. And the road rage!!! Worse than any place I've seen and that includes NYC, Phil., N.J. San Antonio, and any place else I've been. If we could just fix that I would be happy.

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  20. I live in a little town in Cape May County NJ-- I have not really been ALLOWED, by my employer, to get involved in what is going on -but I have been retired now one and 1/2 years after being a Federal Employee for 31 / so Now that I would be able to be Mayor - I guess I would like to have more Wind Turbines (outside of those in Atlantic City). There is an old landfill -now closed that I would love to turn into a museloum type cemetery and have wind Turbines all over. We are six miles from the ocean and six miles from the Delaware River - perfect energy flow-
    NO I want to be Governor! and MANDATE wind Turbines for each town all down the coast
    --No I want to be President!....
    No I want to be married to Bill Clinton
    ..................Oops

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  21. This is horrible of me, but I'd put the jailhouse and parole office somewhere else. They are right in the middle of the historic downtown and I think just ruin the atmosphere.

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  22. I'd make our downtown the heart of the city as it once was. I get rid of the yuppified, gentrified over-priced excess, tear it down, strip it bare and start from scratch.

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  23. I would make it a WET county! Living in a dry county is horrible, especially when I have to drive 80 miles in ONE DIRECTION to buy alcohol! I'm not an alcoholic, but a glass of wine with dinner or a beer during the big game is kinda nice! We would also be able to fund many things with the taxes...

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  24. oh heck, that's quite a question. I think I need to give this some thought. Hmmmmm........

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  25. Excellent question ... and I've been lost in thought for a while (after being interrupted by a phone call as soon as I arrived here). Overall I'm satisfied with the way things are managed in my city these days, though in the past I had numerous frustrations with 'decisions' and priorities. Council meetings are broadcast on a local TV station so it's easy to keep up with issues & decisions ... and when the council members aren't responsive to the resident's priorities, they don't last long in office. A while back I was muttering about 'road work' and 'sewer replacement' ... but that work is just about finished (on my side of town anyway). The 'downtown' area has been under 'reconstruction' for a while and hopefully will be completed soon. It'll be interesting to see whether or not they've provided adequate parking ... often a problem in beach communities.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  26. Anni, Good question Anni, fixing the potholes would be a good start. However, if I were an elected official, I would work to solve the flooding problems in our town. Next, I would build sidewalks where plausible, and then, I would add street lights.

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  27. if i ran the circus, i would totally want to do something about our traffic.

    first up, a REAL mass transit system, instead of this atrocity pieced together with string and spit!!

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  28. I think I would improve the facilities for recycling.

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  29. I would do something -- ANYthing -- to rid our area of so much smog. I took a photo in the same location of what was a GORGEOUS scene last fall and in the spring. Yesterday's photo (which I'll post tomorrow) is all hazy and blechy from the smog. :(

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  30. I would shoot for better public transportation here in Columbus. I doubt though, that anyone would ever vote me into office.

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  31. Well I live in a very small town who for the last 5 year has voted a dead man in as select man because he does piss anyone off. So the chances of me getting elected are slim to none, because I can't help piss some people off. But I would get Joe Ross to stop using the graveyard as a parking lot for one. Would like to end the welfare state we are presently in - Sorry but there are no free lunchs and I tired of paying for those who won't pull there own weight. Don't get me wrong I think eveyone desires a little help when they need it. We have generations in this town who's sole income has been welfare, and have childern as a way to boost their income. Ok ok off my soap box

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  32. Tweak the zoning in the county. Too many dogs running loose, too many contractors playing fast and loose with building codes. Not too much tweaking though!

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  33. I would make it mandatory for everyone to start the day by drinking a large smoothie containing rice protein powder, ground flax seed, blueberries, real cranberry juice, ice and cold tea. Everyone would start the day with a healthy amount of protein, potassium, fiber, etc. People would yell at each other less. People would think better. People wouldn't be such gigantic dumbasses. Mandatory smoothies would make the world a better place.

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  34. What would I work on, if elected? Improve our library services. In a city as large as Louisville we have dismal libraries and the voters just turned down a library referendum last year. Guess literacy is not a big priority.

    BTW Anni--you've changed things again! How do you manage it, girl? Think I'm going to fire my present blogger Geek Squad and hire you as a consultant. Love how you're always surprising us with a new look.

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  35. Our "city" of approximately does not have a venue for plays, concerts, symphony, ballet... Everything is performed at a very old high school auditorium where the ascoutics are atrocious ! I would love to have a nice place for all the talented people in our area to perform.

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  36. Anni,

    If I could change one thing in this city, it would be to establish some fun things for preteens to do. We need something that will keep them off the streets and out of trouble. There is little to do for that age group.

    Blessings,
    mary

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  37. hmmm...good question. I would severely limit the number of students transferred in to our schools. Our local high school is over crowded and transfers keep coming in....I would limit that in order to make a safer and healthier environment for the students.

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  38. I would buy back the water company, the water company would be owned by the city and not someone in a different state, they do not care about us since they do not live here and they keep on hiking the rates and when you have a problem, it is hell since there office here is manned by one person I think. please, chattavegans, elect me mayor or something. thanks for letting me put that out Anni

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