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Billy Joe Fudge: Common sense approach for roadkill cleanup

'The state is trying to save money by cutting personnel in the Department of Transportation. I understand that, but allowing deer and other wildlife which meet their Waterloo on our public highways to rot in plain sight often in the middle of the road is an offense and an insult to our civilized way of life.' -BILLY JOE FUDGE.
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By Billy Joe Fudge
Provocative, Common Sense Commentary

Ok, here goes. I am about to open another can of worms, whatever that means.

I am not anti-government. I am a happy retiree who loved his job and still loves his government.

I am however, a pro-common sense, look before you leap, think before you speak, plan before you act, sorta guy.


I know, I know, right about now you are saying, will you just spit it out Billy Joe so I can check the obituaries before lunch; so, here goes.

The state is trying to save money by cutting personnel in the Department of Transportation. I understand that, but allowing deer and other wildlife which meet their Waterloo on our public highways to rot in plain sight often in the middle of the road is an offense and an insult to our civilized way of life.
  • The smell of rotting flesh,
  • The sight of swollen, strutted carcasses,
  • The swarms of egg laying flies,
  • The crude paintings of blood, hair and tire marks on asphalt,
  • The crushed, mangled and mutilated bodies, and
  • The buzzards, vultures, dogs, coyotes, possums, and crows gorging on decaying flesh
is almost more than my senses can take. I about halfway expect to see a massive, maned lion guarding his pride's kill from circling bands of hyenas as I speed by these scenes of neglect and carnage.

So, we the people via our federal, state and local governments are investing hundreds of millions of dollars to attract tourists, businesses and manufacturers to our communities here in Kentucky and it all becomes a net minus because we allow our roadways and thoroughfares to resemble a third-world country.

It is about time we did some simple math. We invest $10 to attract people and business, we save $1 by not cleaning up road kill which negates the $10 investment. Then next year we invest $20 to attract people and business, we save $1 by not cleaning up road kill which negates the $20 investment. The next year we invest $30, etc.

Maybe, just maybe, if our CACEDA or our Adair Fiscal Court or our Columbia City Council or our Chamber of Commerce would . . . Billy Joe Fudge


This story was posted on 2015-06-18 02:58:05
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