Many of us complain about wasteful government spending, but rarely are direct examples of this ever given. A common complaints is, "Where does all the money go?" Whether we're talking about federal or state government, we continually hear, "Let's eliminate the waste, fraud and abuse," as a constant drumbeat.
I am on the lookout for those examples that I am sure we have all seen and said out loud or under our breaths, "Now why are they doing that?" Just maybe our local politicians read the Patch and will take a look at these examples.
Here's my first example. If you have ever driven by the two intersections at the corner of Joppa and Belair Roads, you will notice crosswalks placed there as a result of the Perry Hall Elementary School. How many elementary students walk without their parents from the school?
The streetscape improvements (which did help traffic flow) have resulted in more than 20 new crosswalk signs at these two intersections. That's right, 20-plus crosswalk signs in addition to the crosswalk signals.
Now I believe in safety around school zones just as much as anyone else. But was that really necessary? Or just simply stupid? Seems minor, but thousands of dollars were wasted because of a bureaucrat or two.