– An email from
, received today: China
Related post: Social Pressure, or Humanity? - Letter from Shanghai (June 2008)
I spent a week in Taishun County during the Chinese New Year. You can see my photo's here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/byrnzie28/sets/72157623306936489/Those are beautiful photos! Go take a look.
Bob: "There is a stream that runs through a culvert then hits route 30, thus the water on the road. It looks like the highway is blocking the water flow. Could you do something about it?"I would not be surprised if I heard a bureaucrat talking like this in China. But this is Massachusetts, USA. I guess my two countries have more in common than I think.
Highway Department: "No. The water runs into a retaining area and that is overflowing."
Bob: “Isn’t there a culvert under Route 30?”
Highway Department: “No.”
Bob: "Shouldn’t there be?"
Highway Department: "Not the town’s problem."
Bob: “So who is responsible?”
Highway Department: “Nobody, it is what it is.”
Bob: “Would it be possible to pump the water across the highway?”
Highway Department: “Absolutely Not.”