The Statesman’s “report” on chipsealing (Thursday, Aug. 20) in the ironically named Depth section confirms the death of journalism.
A. It’s chipsealing season on Ada County roads.
B. Motorists and others don’t like chipsealing. Gee, who knew?
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C. The Ada County Highway District assures us that chipsealing is necessary and that their practices are saving taxpayer dollars.
The glaring omission is any evidence of ACHD’s claims. Their ground crew chief and public relations spokeswoman both say ACHD is doing a great job, so we should take that at face value?
I’m not claiming ACHD is doing anything wrong, but a “report” should include facts. Where is the comparison to budgets and procedures in similar cities, like Reno or Spokane?
Of course, I’m sure Statesman editors demanded that their “report” include social media, so readers can tweet insights like, “Chipseasling sucks, dude!” And you can go to Idahostatesman.com and watch chipsealing in action! There goes the need for sleep aids.
I can’t wait for the Statesman to contact the Idaho Transportation Department for a report on I-84 repairs. Oh wait, ITD claims construction is right on schedule, so let’s just leave them to their work.
Chris Wood, Boise