Put NASCAR Enthusiasm to Work on All Our Problems (7/3/12) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Put NASCAR Enthusiasm to Work on All Our Problems (7/3/12)

I'm delighted that Kentucky Speedway and state officials managed to work out all the problems that plagued last year's Sprint Cup event. This year's race was just about the complete opposite of last year's debacle, with traffic running smoothly all day and plenty of parking for all.

But this drastic turnaround makes me wonder: Why can't the Commonwealth's many other serious problems get the same kind of prompt and effective attention?

Granted, a lot of the money that went toward fixing the Speedway's traffic problems was spent by the track itself. But plenty of public money went into the effort as well – around 3.7 million dollars. And I've never seen any government action taken as quickly, enthusiastically and unanimously as this one.

Unlike so many other problems facing Kentucky, this one wasn't subjected to endless debate, political posturing and delaying tactics. Because, put simply, our leaders were embarrassed on a national stage and swore not to let it happen again.

I understand no elected official wants to look foolish on Fox Sports or ESPN.  But if these same leaders were equally embarrassed about our far bigger deficiencies in education, poverty and health – and just as motivated to fix them -- just think what we could do.

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

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