by Chris Haire
I'm sure you've heard that state Sen. Lee Bright recently proposed that South Carolina begin printing its own currency in response to the federal government's mounting debt. And I'm sure you feel much the same way about it as I do: It's fucking genius.
Oh, wait. You don't?
You mean, you actually think it's stupid? Really?
Well, I'll tell you what's stupid. And that's the City of Charleston's plan to use $11.3 million dollars to beautify the Crosstown. I'm not going to go into detail about it here, but you can read my post from last week if you want to read what I have to say about that floating pile of horseshit drifting by you as you drive down Market Street after a heavy rain.
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, on the other hand, thinks the plan is a wonderful idea. And he can't quite see why everybody else doesn't either.
According to a post in The Post and Courier, Riley isn't taking the criticism all that well. In fact, he's getting downright pissy about the whole thing, especially when the beautification project's critics note that the mayor must fix flooding issues along the Crosstown before prettying it up. The P&C reports:
Councilman William Dudley Gregorie, who represents much of the West Side neighborhood impacted by the flooding, said his constituents are unlikely to be satisfied.
"After the next big rain, they're going to be under water again," said Gregorie, who ran for mayor against Riley in the last election and has been coy about whether he'll challenge Riley again this year.
"Nothing has been done (about the flooding) in my lifetime," said Gregorie, 62.
"You're still alive," Riley responded.
Yikes, Joe. A little touchy are we?
During that same meeting, Riley also called the Feb. 20 P&C article, "Will the city ever fix the Crosstown?", "negative, cynical, and misleading," according to the City Paper's Greg Hambrick.
I don't know about you, but that's not how I read that report. Nope. To me it seemed to make the point quite clearly that flooding along the Crosstown has gone on for way too long and that many residents believe that Mayor Riley has never made fixing it a true priority. It's really as simple as that.
Seriously, Joe, the people are sick and tired of wading through the waters just to get home at the end of the workday. For over 30 years you've promised to fix it and you haven't. Who's being misleading here?