Re: Heads-up: Possible Televisual Recovery
- From: Robert Uhl <eadmund42@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2007 23:39:31 -0600
Zebee Johnstone <zebeej@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
In fairness, literacy rates were higher before compulsory public
education than after it and road maintenance was an old common-law
duty for those who lived along them.
And, in fairness, only the people that lived along them actually
*used* those roads, unlike today.
??? They were used as much and as little as roads today.
How do you figure that, considering the transport situation in mid
19thC America? Or even late 19thC America?
I'm thinking more of the Dark Ages, although it applies to 19th century
America too: people from all over town used the road running outside
between Aelfric & Berhthold's homes, not just Aelfric & Berhthold.
Heck, people from all over the country would use the roads when bringing
produce or goods through town.
And I'd be quite happy if there were simply a rule that roads built to
spec be provided by those living alongside said roads, leaving the
details of how up to the landowners. Fine those who don't maintain the
roads or don't maintain them to spec; make the fines steep enough that
it's not worth not doing.
Much like the law doesn't care if you clear your sidewalks yourself,
have your teenage son do it, hire a company to do it or install electric
coils to do it, it wouldn't care who constructed the roads and how, so
long as they met the spec (lines painted properly, able to bear X tons
weight, surface meeting whatever criteria are specified &c.): it might
be done by the landowner himself; he might contract out for it; he might
get together with all the other landowners in his neighbourhood to do it
But I'm an idealist.
I use shell scripts at ork. Some cow-orkers refuse to touch them,
their excuse is usually `I don't understand perl.' Their fear of perl
is such that all things unknown are also perl. --Andrew Dalgleish
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