Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Keystone Kops Revisted Revisited
Now alderman Burt Natarus has weighed in on our favorite traffic trolls:
"Quite frankly, they ought to have some taller people. Some of the ladies are rather small. I don't like to pick on the ladies, but they have to have a more impressive presence on the street," said Natarus, whose ward includes the downtown area.
Well, alderman, I've seen quite a few of these ladies and one adjective I would not use is "small." Short, yes...small, no. I'm thinking their presence is more or less...what's the word...pointless.
Last fall, Tarara's 5-foot-5-inch mother was directing traffic in the Loop when her legs were crushed by a motorist talking on her cell phone.
The accident -- which helped convince the City Council to pass a Natarus-sponsored ban on cell phone use without a hands-free device while driving -- had nothing to do with Maureen Tarara's height, her son said.
I agree. The operative terms here are "her" and "cell phone." Perhaps if we didn't have these helpful (ahem) public servants, this idiot driver would have hit a pole or a tree or City Hall instead.
Marguerite Green, another petite cop working downtown, said the job is all about confidence . . .
"Petite", yeah. "Cop", uh huh...I tire of you Fran Spielman.posted by the wolf | 12:41 PM