Racist Star photo Rob Goebel
THE irrepressible élan that is a major chunk of formerly productive farmland now reserved as a playground for the terminally Republican, courtesy the Racist Star (as always, if you gotta look, look quick):
Keystone drivers celebrate opening of 2 roundabouts in Carmel
Carmel throws parties as roundabouts open at 106th and 126th streets
By Bill McCleery
Posted: April 19, 2009
CARMEL, Ind. -- Traffic began flowing Saturday through roundabouts at two newly designed interchanges along Keystone Avenue -- though the city's motorists will have to contend with delays into next year as workers build four additional Keystone interchanges....
The officials gave away hot dogs and chips, brought in an antique firetruck and had a community band playing happy tunes such as "Yankee Doodle Dandy."
Although I understand the 10 PM show got a little emo.
Among the few hundred people at Saturday's ribbon-cuttings, most seemed inclined to cut Carmel officials some slack for earlier miscalculations.
"A major project like this, I figure there's bound to be some delay," said Bill Loeffler, 54, Carmel. "The thing is, something great has come from it. It will be a great benefit in the long run."
Okay, look, we've been pretty nice about this. Despite our political abhorrence and the condescending sniggering directed at their risible prairie social pretensions, we've made it clear that Carmel--unlike its henchtowns, Fishers and Westfield--has actually done a lot right. But the notion of waking up one morning, let alone a sunny Spring weekend morning, in order to chirp away like a happy sparrow at the Mayor's PR-enhanced Celebration of Pavement, let alone to mouth inanities about "project delays" when the project in question picked your pocket while lying outright about it to your face is just too much, even for a man of my naturally even temperament. Free hot dogs. I'm gonna go teabag something*.