When I heard this last week on the news I couldn’t believe it. We used to live in Minnetonka so when I heard that name, my attention was right there. They want to remove more than 100 bus stop benches. What the heck? Minnetonka says some of them are nothing but a hazard. This winter a bunch of them got covered with snow and did damage to plows. Things like that. When I saw why they wanted to remove some of them, it did make sense. Some of them are nothing more than a mini billboard in the middle of a median. I’d also think that in the middle of an intersection could be dangerous to see around if trying to make a turn. Who sits there anyway? Some of them were nowhere near a bus stop. So why was it ever put there in the first place? There is a video clip of the story on the link.
But then a man came on who needed a bench while waiting for a bus. He had a bum foot and needs the bench. He said there are the elderly and the handicapped and even parents with kids who need to sit down. Okay, that makes sense too. Now I’m on both sides of the issue AGAIN!
So this brings me to the hard question as to why does everything it seems, need be all or nothing?
Why is it when someone needs a helping hand, they have to have nothing at all in order to qualify for help? Why is it if you have a seasonal job, you can’t get a part time job all winter to help you out? Instead, if you get a winter job, you lose your benefits from your seasonal job? Why is it if you’re unemployed, you can’t work part time and get help with the rest? It’s all or nothing. If you can’t find a job that you can live on, you can’t even get a job at McDonald’s or you lose your unemployment?
Can anyone tell me why this is? Why can’t they leave the bus stop benches AT THE BUS STOPS and get rid of the ones that are only there for advertising? Why can’t people get a little help when needed instead of needing to be destitute in order to get a small amount of help?