Tifton Gazette


January 11, 2014

Our Opinion: Talk is cheap


In the past few months, we’ve received numerous e-mails, phone calls and rants from local residents who have asked the question, “When will the city fix 20th Street?”

Our best answer is that we don’t know. We’ve talked with local officials who’ve said it’s on the table and, “We’re working on it.”

Glad you’re working on it. But when will it be done? 

We’ve also had numerous inquiries about Central Avenue, near 28th Street. There are pot holes in that area that have been there for nearly two years, and are growing weeds. It happens to be in front of an apartment complex, so when we’ve gotten questions about it, we’ve asked, “Do you live there?” Only one person said yes. The others live in that area and travel that roadway frequently.

Again, we were told, “We’re on it.” But when will it be done? 

We at The Gazette understand limited resources. We get working with a small staff – we do it every day.

But when there are needs in the community, why just say it’s being worked on? 

Why not tell us when the problem will be fixed? It seems to us this will go a long way toward smoothing some really ruffled feathers.

As for the repairs on 20th Street, that roadway is traveled by medical personnel and ambulances – it should be a priority.

We challenge our city leaders. Don’t just “work on it.” Get it done – or be prepared to explain to your constituency why it didn’t happen.


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