Potholes Enter Bulgarian Journalist Hopefuls Tests

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Bulgaria: Potholes Enter Bulgarian Journalist Hopefuls Tests Low-quality and partial road repairs are believed to be just a way to syphon off money as they do not seem to do a lasting job. Photo by BGNES

Candidate students, who are hoping to study journalism at the prestigious Sofia University, had to write an essay about Bulgaria's potholed streets and the symbolism of it at a preliminary exam that took place on Sunday.

The unusual topic was picked days after disgruntled drivers launched rallies across the country in protest against its potholed streets.

Unlike the mass protests in the central town of Veliko Tarnovo and the Black Sea City of Varna, hardly twenty people gathered last week in front of the building of the parliament in the capital Sofia, shouting "No to the potholes!".

The protesters said low-quality and partial road repairs were just a way to syphon off money as they did not seem to do a lasting job.

In a declaration, which they submitted to the Sofia municipality, the protesters demanded that the civil society wields more power in monitoring the road repair works and called on the municipality to present a year-long plan.

The protests are organized by the administrators of independent website www.dupka.net, on which drivers share their bad experiences on the roads.

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#11
DrFaust - 31 Mar 2010 // 08:51:37

MJC,

nothing wrong with your posting. I just wanted to get a historical detail right.

#10
MJC - 30 Mar 2010 // 19:24:32

Thats fine Nellieo you keep telling yourself that..As i said earlier 'A country gets the roads it deserves' MJC

#9
NellieotAmerica - 30 Mar 2010 // 19:15:22

Potholes sprout every March all over the world. Hundreds of them sprout their ugly heads everywhere I happen to drive. They fill them early and they fill them often, but there is no way to prevent them from forming on heavily traveled roadways, especially where trucks are allowed to travel.

#8
MJC - 30 Mar 2010 // 19:11:44

Silly me AI there was i thinking they were here before this winter MJC

#7
MJC - 30 Mar 2010 // 19:03:04

Sorry DrFaust i stand corrected just hope it didn't diminish my posting in anyway ? MJC

#6
Al - 30 Mar 2010 // 18:55:27

MJC,

After this harsh winter, you'll find potholes all over Europe.

If you want a speedy and safe travel over a long distance, take the train or fly.

Otherwise, buy a cheap 4wd like a Lada Niva and just stay sober when you drive.

Seriously, life gives bigger challenges for us than those stupid potholes.

Just my two stotinki

#5
DrFaust - 30 Mar 2010 // 18:09:41

MJC,

"Roads are the Countries arteries they were of such importance they were recognized by the ancient Romans to the Nazi party of 1934 as the lifeblood of community s, their purpose was in no uncertain terms to transport goods & people quickly & safely to their destination creating freedom & prosperity."

The first Autobahn in Germany was opened in 1932 by Konrad Adenauer (at that Mayor of Cologne), and the HaFraBa project dates back to 1926. Contrary to the popular legend, the Nazis were not the 'inventors' of the Autobahn, which had also practically no military value.

#4
jingsmaboab - 29 Mar 2010 // 23:01:20

"Maybe the Romans and Nazis had the same idea?"

So did the Soviets. Never notice the old soviet era "dual purpose" motorway near Burgas? There is section, absolutely straight, no central reservation, bridges or crash barriers for quite some kilometers, which seems crazy, until you think about the need for aircraft landing with troops near the Turkish border. It is a runway.

#3
viking - 29 Mar 2010 // 22:46:46

MJC

The Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways Called the interstate in the US) had a primary function of improving the mobility of military troops to and from airports, seaports, rail terminals, and other military bases ( from Wikipedia)
It is over 46,000 miles, the largest in the world.
Maybe the Romans and Nazis had the same idea?

#2
NellieotAmerica - 29 Mar 2010 // 22:19:11

"the Governments attitude here is one of total disregard for the safety & freedom of its tax payers"

This goes both ways. The tax payers are cheating on their taxes, the government is not able to provide adequate services. Pay up or shut up, as they say. Tax payers pretend like they are paying taxes, the government pretends like it is providing services. lol

#1
MJC - 29 Mar 2010 // 21:59:56

Roads are the Countries arteries they were of such importance they were recognized by the ancient Romans to the Nazi party of 1934 as the lifeblood of community s, their purpose was in no uncertain terms to transport goods & people quickly & safely to their destination creating freedom & prosperity.

Here in Bulgaria it is the complete opposite.. the Governments attitude here is one of total disregard for the safety & freedom of its tax payers, they have no shame in having potholed roads filmed & photographed & shown to the world.

The Bulgarian acceptance of this travesty is one of utmost appeasement in their lack of solidarity (20 protesters in Sofia) to confront their Government.. as i have said in earlier postings a Country gets the roads it deserves & if protesting is your only means to make changes...do it....because this bunch of Bananas you voted for Sure Aint Listening ?? MJC

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