A headline in the June 9 Herald read, "Kennewick, Richland get federal grant cash to fix traffic issues." Apparently Kennewick gets $2.12 million to study Clearwater Avenue between Leslie Boulevard and Highway 395 -- just part of the $50 million to be given to the state for such things.
Kennewick also gets $350,000 to "retime traffic signals, install yellow lights in school zones, etc." Richland received $745,000, part of which will "realign the left turns on Columbia Point Drive and Aaron Drive." You can't make this stuff up!
Would some Herald reader please explain to the rest of us why the federal government is involved in such things -- especially since we're broke! Why can we fix our own streets? Why does there have to be some office in Washington, D.C., that is responsible for parceling out money we don't have to states who ought to be able to take care of their own communities?
I'll be looking for your response. I'm sure someone will come up with a good reason why our children and grandchildren have to pay our bills for us because we weren't willing to pay our own way in the first place.
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Andrew Hesser, Richland