When my 6-year-old son was 18 months old, he started having trouble falling asleep for his midday nap. However, he easily fell asleep in his carseat if we were traveling over a bumpy road. How fortunate that my family lives in Stanislaus County. We had several rough roads to choose from to vibrate him to sleep.
While they may be a godsend for insomniac toddlers, the sad truth is that Stanislaus County thoroughfares are afflicted with cracks, potholes and unsafe conditions that cause us frustration and cost us significant amounts of money on car repairs.
The good news is Measure L is on the ballot in November and will provide the long-overdue funding to improve our quality of life and economic opportunities by finally fixing our local roads. It has been carefully crafted in a fiscally responsible way, with specific projects outlined and strong accountability measures in place.
Passage of Measure L means that insomniac toddlers and their long-suffering parents will have to find new ways to find rest and relief when our roads are once again smooth, safe and suitable for driving. That’s a trade-off I’m eager to accept.
Paul Van Konynenburg, Modesto