Wanting it All, and Wanting it Now (4/21/09)

Last week, the city announced that all ice storm debris probably won't be picked up by Derby Day. And the predictable wailing has begun.

But why was this the city's job in the first place?

Following the storm, I think city officials did pretty well at quickly clearing all public roads and other properties. That's their job.

But following a storm, private property owners are expected to clean up their own yards. And Metro Government would have been justified in maintaining the same policy after the ice storm.

Instead, Mayor Abramson tried to give people a break by having the city help with the clean-up work that was never part of the deal. And now, just because they haven't moved fast enough for some, there's a lot of whining about how they aren't doing their job. 

Well, here's a bulletin for all the complainers: It's not THEIR job the city isn't doing. It's yours. If you want that debris gone so badly, why haven't you lifted a finger to get rid of it yourself?  And I'm not talking about dragging your stuff to the street.

People want everything and they want it now, but they don't want to pay for it.

To everyone who still has storm debris in their yard and insists it has to be gone by Derby Day, here's a suggestion:

You still have 11 days. Get busy.

What do you think? Call and let us know.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.