Eric Stahlberg III: On truth in applications and standard Northampton crosswalks

Last modified: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
To the editor:

Two recent city issues reported on by the Gazette where City Councilor Jesse Adams has taken a strong position are interesting — and while I don’t agree with him on both, I appreciate his argument.

They both, in my opinion, tell a little of how the city does business now and may down the road. The more recent has to do with “padding” one’s resume or employment application which apparently is OK “as long as you can get the job done,” according to City Councilor William Dwight.

Adams, I think, got this one right. Good business practice should demand that if you pad (a nice word for lie) a resume about your history or on an application, you shouldn’t get hired. And if found out after the fact, you should get fired. This is a trust and honesty issue and says a whole lot, in my opinion, about the individual. Councilor Dwight’s position offends me and, worse, sends a poor message.

Unfortunately, I have to take exception to Adams’ position on the painting of crosswalks as artwork. Whether it’s a political statement or not can be argued. In the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, there is a federally recommended method of marking crosswalks referred to as “continental marking.” It is a “ladder” design as used by the city on most crossings.

To resolve any current issues regarding crosswalk painting, and leaving the Northampton Arts Council out of the picture, I think it would be in the best interest of the city to correct the markings at the crossing opposite Thornes Marketplace to align it with federal recommendations and resolve that all crosswalks meet uniform standards.

Eric Stahlberg III