Turtle Tunnels: *oy vey!*

18 08 2009

This morning started off with me conversing with one of my co-workers. The topic of our conversation: “turtle tunnels”. True story. Someone thought it would be a good idea to build a tunnel for turtles to cross through since a road was being built straight through a major “turtle-crossing” area. However, apparently birds and other predators figured out the secret that, if they waited at one of the ends of the tunnel, food would eventually pop out. The poor turtles. So… the turtles no longer wanted to use the tunnel to cross over the road. Another genius thought: “I got it! The reason the turtles don’t like to use the tunnel is because they’re scared of the dark. We should put a light-system inside so they don’t have to cross through the tunnel in the dark!” *oy vey!* $3.4 million dollars later, the turtles have a well-lit tunnel to safely cross under the road in… all in an effort to prevent massive turtle road kill. A while later when people were realizing the turtles were still not using the tunnel that was built for them, another individual decided that since the turtles don’t like the “old” tunnel, we should build them a “new” tunnel. Now THERE are my tax dollars working hard for a worthy cause.

Please don’t get me wrong. Turtles are great. I like turtles. Really, I do. But I don’t like turtles enough to build a $3.4 million tunnel (with lights) that they aren’t even going to use. Our society today has really hit the peak of ridiculousness.

I could say more… about several environmental issues. But I won’t. Because honestly, in the long run, it doesn’t matter. People are going to believe whatever they want to believe – no matter how much it costs.

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