A Potty Solution for Potholes in Bulgaria

Letters to the Editor | March 17, 2011, Thursday // 15:11| Views: | Comments: 0

As we all know there are numerous potholes in the local roads, here in Bulgaria and many people complain that the councils collect taxes but don't fix the roads. Some holes become dangerously deep and cause major damage to cars and even accidents. This happens mostly at night when the motorist can't see the hole in time.

Now, I shall resist entering the debate on misspent taxes. I am, after all, a foreign visitor to this country and in comparison to the charges in Western Europe the local taxes seem very fair to say the least. I am also taking the international economic crisis into account – just about every council and government in the World is trying to cut expenses. So, all that said, it is not very realistic to expect a major road improvement program in the near future.

Fortunately I have come up with a brilliant and cunning plan that I would like to present. The idea came to me when I saw a road crew re-painting the white line down the centre of a local road. There were a couple of guys with containers of paint and line painting machine. As I watched them working I realized that the hazard of potholes at night could be easily remedied at very little extra cost to the council. All they need is an extra bucket of paint and a decent sized brush. Then the guy who smokes cigarettes while the other two are painting - or one of the other workers, if he is too high up the council ladder- could simply paint a nice white circle around each pothole. Hey presto! We would all be easily able to see the potholes in the dark and swerve around them, just as we regularly do by day. The reduction of damage to cars and accidents would surely be worth the extra pot of paint – and it would give local mayors more breathing space to find a budget for actually repairing the holes in the future!

Yes, my friends, this is pure genius! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Gregory Irving

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