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One word for city’s lack of self-awareness

“Ridiculous” is certainly a word that can describe many things.

We don’t believe we can agree with city officials who used that word — “ridiculous” — in an article in Tuesday’s Sun-Gazette to describe the annual need to remind property owners of codes compliance.

But it could be used to describe the condition of our condemned City Hall, with government offices scattered about the city indefinitely and with no real timetable to resolve the matter. Or to describe City Hall’s non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act before it was condemned.

It could be used to describe the condition of the city’s pothole-adorned streets and uneven sidewalks along city-owned parking lots we continue to receive letters to the editor about.

It could be used to describe the snail’s pace at which repairs and maintenance of benches, athletic fields and other amenities at Brandon Park and other parks are moving along.

It perhaps can best be used to describe the stunning lack of self-awareness of a city beset by these problems — problems that we all must acknowledge have been years and, in some cases, decades in the making — that turns its attention to warning and fining homeowners for unkempt lawns or grass that may, in a truly arbitrary sense — be too tall.

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