It's a shame to allow a public asset like this walking path to become overgrown through plain-old governmental neglect. On at least one stretch of Brookshire greenway, black locust saplings have grown up quickly right on the edge of the pavement. A sickle bar at this point probably wouldn't cut them. By next year, they'll be trees, and walkers will have problems brushing past their thorns.
How many times have I heard Mr. Blust express resentment that the county might have any upkeep obligations on greenways and bike parks? That resentment of his toward spending any county money to enhance the benefit to the public of recreational walkways made it into a Watauga Democrat article last year:
"Not everyone is as enthusiastic as others about the planned trail projects. County commissioners Perry Yates and David Blust last month voted against an environmental assessment contract for the 421 underpass. Blust expressed concerns about the future costs of maintaining the trail."This is merely Tea Party-ism elevated to public policy, the philosophy that government has no role -- or even a right, really -- to own and maintain infrastructure for the delight of the general population.
Watauga County has been in the grip of this philosophical stagnation for four years now. The voting public has an opportunity to change things in November, especially that lack of vision.