Monday, March 19, 2007

Not Another Traffic Light?!

Someone explain this to me, please!

The street engineers of Tulsa have just placed yet another traffic light just North of the I-44 overpass on Sheridan Road. The only thing I can figure is that they are about to make the access road that goes up the hill past the masonic lodge and TTC two-way instead of one-way as it is now.

Or else they just installed it so they can control traffic and make the through traffic have to stop or slow down.

Where did they find money to do this in the face of a city funding crisis?

Am I alone in being peeved by the poliferation of traffic lights between major intersections? I am all for removing about half of them and let the traffic flow.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Tulsa's Public Education Crisis

Nothing really new here in T-Town.

We are not exempt from the issues facing public education by cities around the country. At least the courts haven't taken over public education, like they did in Kansas City a few years ago.

Anyone out there that still believes that public education can heal itself?

If you do, just plan on more stories like the national chamber of commerce giving all of Oklahoma public education a grade of F.

Nothing has changed my mind. Tulsa's public education is incapable of reforming itself in any meaningful way. It will have to have reforms imposed upon it. And I hope we have non-academic types involved in that process.

Lobby your state elected officials to expand the sponsors for charter schools and change the funding to be distinct from traditional public education.