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Safety of residents is top priority

Published 12:03am Tuesday, February 26, 2013

At some point, nearly everything in life comes down to a series of prioritizing what’s most important.

From a human perspective, psychologist Abraham Maslow developed a hierarchy of needs. His model divided human needs from the most basic (food, water, shelter) to the more complex (self-esteem, creative fulfillment, etc.).

The idea being that those needs build upon one another. A person who is hungry, thirsty and cold cannot focus much on building his self-esteem or pursuing his inner talents. More important, more pressing, matters are at hand.

That same level of prioritizing needs should be occurring in all levels of government, but all too often it doesn’t.

Our leaders get fixated on the next big project, the next grant or the next thing we can hang their names upon. As a result, sometimes priorities get messed up.

Last week, when the rains came flooding down, a clear example of mixed up priorities came bubbling up to the surface and then across Highland Boulevard.

The problem, the City of Natchez says, is that too much storm water is entering into the sanitary sewer lines, effectively overwhelming the pipes. The result is a stinky mess that floods out of a manhole cover and onto the roadway.

To its credit, the City says a solution is in the works, but in the same breath, city leaders say dozens of other drainage problems exist across the City.

Providing a safe environment is among the most critical needs residents need city government to fill. Perhaps it’s time to rethink our priorities, cut out any and all unnecessary spending until all of the basics are covered?

  • Anonymous

    We must remember we are in Natchez-Adams. Our political leaders would rather have crumbling collonades, potholes, bridges of sighs, veggie markets, crumbling public buildings, delinquent fines, Tahoes, 3/4 ton trucks or duallies, outgrown court facilities, and full employment of friends and relatives rather than basic infrastructure, just to name a few.

  • Anonymous

    If safety is an issue, something needs to be done about that new confusing intersection near trace town!

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t you try reading the signs, maybe that would help. It’s nothing more than a minor intersection in a place like Baton Rouge or Jackson. If it’s that difficult to navigate, you don’t need to be driving.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Well, when you have job security as this bunch has why would they scratch when its a itch other than say the taxpayer will take care of it if it don’t get done , are it falls down, and relatives in the same trough for we are living the life of Riley huh’??!! Untill the taxpayers either move away or they get solidarity and have recalls and vote these parasites out the fault falls on the taxpayers to letting it keep going!! Wake up Adams county!!!

  • Anonymous

    I wrote my comment due to the near-accidents I see taking place in front of me. But thanks for your concern about my abilities. :)

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    I have to agree with OGD for my wife and I have seen people going the wrong way and fast many times and everyone in conversation said the Ms. Hwy. department during B. Brown time really made a mess building this roads of confussion!!

  • Anonymous

    Nepotism is a way of life here. I disagree with one thing you said. You said our political “leaders”. We have warm bodies with high hopes for advancement, rewards, recognition, etc… I don’t see many leaders around here. Leaders are out in front with a workable plan of action. They are honest, have respect, dignity, integrity, and they do not have ulterior motives in everything they do. Name a leader in Adams County!

  • Anonymous

    That pretty jacked-up intersection made worse, not better, IMO. The last time I was in town, traffic was backed up all the way to Glenburnie for those headed north while those heading south has zero delays. The setup is counter-intuitive and a bit dangerous, especially for a town that is supposed to be welcoming to people from out of town who are not familiar with it.

  • Sam Cannon

    The lower the need, the more need for an understanding Government.