Monday, April 14, 2014

and slide baby slide, to the left, to the left, now dip baby dip!

Earlier I covered the possibilities of this taking hold  (14th of February) and now the construction has begun:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Work to transform I-69's DuPont Road interchange into a diverging diamond begins Monday.

According to traffic engineers, a diverging diamond uses traffic signals to direct vehicles from the right side of the road to the left. They say that makes left turns as easy as a traditional right turn.

With the diverging diamond, crews will reduce the speed limit to 35 mph on DuPont Road and put in lane restrictions on the northbound I-69 off ramp to DuPont.

The $3.5 million project is estimated to take all summer and most of the fall to complete.
In the meantime, drivers can use alternative routes, such as the new Union Chapel Road interchange at Exit 317, to avoid delays.
 
http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/news/local/Construction-Of-Diverging-Diamond-On-DuPont-Begins-255108521.html

That is one expensive little rodent

$300,000 worth of damage and $50,000 out of pocket expenses at the McMillen Community Center for our Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department which is already under a budget shortfall because City Council forgot to budget in 25 new firefighters and the cost of salt and ice melt this year. One would think that a two million dollar renovation Legacy Fund paid project would have included more incidental protections put in to place; but then again at the rate City Council is trying to repetitively waste away this precious resource for the Citizens of Fort Wayne at 200,000 increments, who cares about 350,000 in damaged property and resources.

http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/news/local/Squirrel-Causes-300000-To-Legacy-Fund-Project-254895861.html

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

A New Big Deal

Obamacare has been a huge success, but it doesn't go far enough. Food is more important than healthcare and contraceptives put together. It's time that employers be made to provide food insurance for their employees. There is no debate here, food is so medically necessary that 9 out of 10 doctors recommend it. And I'm still waiting to hear back from that 10th doctor because come on. Maybe I'll need chemotherapy or surgery in the distant future or maybe I won't, but I can say with 100 certainty that I'll need food around noon and again in the evening.

While some might argue that a single payer food plan is needed, that won't happen until we are as progressive as North Korea. The for-profit agricultural industry still has a strangle hold in this country, so we'll have to broker some sort of plan that will make them wealthier before it collapses entirely. And it has to collapse entirely. If a plan actually solves a problem by 2016, how can we campaign on that issue in 2020?