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Roads aren't free

  • 12/31/2010: A1: County maintenance workers Jeff Hurt, left, and Nick Shaw fill potholes along Lichau Road, east of Cotati, on Thursday morning. Road crews say they can’t keep up with the ever-growing number of potholes during the rainy season. Already, 32,000 have been filled since July, a 32 percent increase over the same period last year.

    PC: Jeff Hurt, left, and Nick Shaw fill potholes along Lichau Rd. east of Cotati on Thursday morning. County road crews say they can't keep up with the road hazards during the rainy season.

EDITOR: Let me get this straight. Everyone wants good roads, but many want the money taken from some other department's budget ("Supervisors ponders colossal cost of road repair," Wednesday).

No one wants to pay any more taxes, but we want good roads, especially the ones in front of our own homes.

Something doesn't compute here, and until our taxpaying population figures this out, our government will continue to be dysfunctional. To paraphrase an old business expression: There's no such thing as a free road.

HANS BEERBAUM

Petaluma


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