When Government Doesn’t Work, Private Citizens Should Shame It


What do you usually do when a route you frequently commute is littered with axle-busting potholes? Maybe you call and complain to your local officials, or perhaps they really don’t bother you all that much. If you’ve ever resorted to the former course of action, you’re likely aware that government road crews don’t often move quickly.

Well, a Jackson, Miss., man got fed up with his local streets being littered with potholes, despite promises by elected officials to take care of the problem, and decided to take matters into his own hands.

Ron Chane, who is described by local media as a mild-mannered small-business owner, headed to a local municipal site where road-repair supplies are stored, stole several buckets of asphalt and set about filling more than 100 potholes in his community.

“I’m probably stealing from the city, but there’s not a sign saying ‘Don’t take this and put it in potholes,’” Chane told the Clarion Ledger. “So I’m putting (the asphalt) back where it belongs.”

The Pothole Patchman, as he has become known by locals, also marked each of the holes he repaired with large white lettering saying, “CITIZEN REPAIRED!”

Some city officials, undoubtedly embarrassed by the citizen activist, did call for his arrest for stealing; but no charges have been levied.

“We applaud anyone who commits to making reasonable improvements within their communities, but we do not accept any use of the city’s resources without going through the proper legal channels,” the city’s mayor said in a recent press release without directly addressing Chane’s repair of potholes.

While the city’s mayor may not have** directly addressed what the Pothole Patchman is up to, it seems his neighbors applaud the effort.

Chane’s efforts are a demonstration in civic responsibility that cash-strapped governments throughout the Nation ought to note: Private citizens can provide, often faster and more effectively, many of the same services as red tape-laden bureaucratic agencies.

“I think that kind of thing is fabulous,” Virgi Lindsay, executive director of the Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation, told local media. “I would like to say ‘thank you very much,’ to this citizen.

“The city cannot do everything,” Lindsay said. “The government can’t take care of everyone, so I applaud any citizen for stepping up to fix the problem.”

Chase said that the idea to fix the potholes himself came as he drove behind a “hippie van” and was repeatedly jarred by potholes on a trip to the local Denny’s in May.

On the back of the van in front of him was a bumper sticker that said, “Quit your (fussing) and do something about it.”

So he did.

Chane said that he has been contacted by Mississippi Department of Transportation officials to talk about the State-owned asphalt he used to fix the holes, and was told MDOT did not plan to prosecute in this case.

After all, it’s not like he was trying to recreate Kramer’s “two lane comfort cruise.”

**Many thanks, Vigilant. It’s comforting that we have such infallible readers.

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Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • Riggah Mortise

    Huh? Shame it??

    Politicians have no shame! I have seen it time and time again THEY HAVE NO SHAME.

    I can’t tell you how many politicians have been caught trying to coerce sex and even threatening them if they don’t from secretaries, interns, underlings and whatnot. And I’m not even talking about the “usual” business bribes.

    Yet, there they were still waving at people on the street, or making unabashed public statements excusing themselves but never RECUSING themselves for their behavior and you want US TO SHAME THEM???

    They go into office because they have NO shame!!!

    • Chris

      Amen! The only “shame” they have is for the eyes of the people while they’re laughing their arsses off at this guy.

  • Vigilant

    “While the city’s mayor may not of [sic] directly addressed what the Pothole Patchman is up to, it seems his neighbors applaud the effort.”

    Apparently you never did graduate with that B.A. in English, Mr. Rolley.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      So Mr. Rolley needs a proof reader. Big whoop.

      • Vigilant

        One expects a plumber to bring the proper tools and expertise to his job, One should expect a “journalist” to do the same.

        “Should of” is not a typographical error, it’s a basic grammatical error of incorrect word usage.

        Maybe the small town newspaper for which he worked accepted egregious errors in language. And yes, he would do well to have a proof reader.

  • jdn

    Be careful out there , usually no good deed goes unpunished . Many people have been jailed for picking up trash or trying to fix things .

  • Chester

    See a bunch of people on here putting down politicians, again and again. Seems like all they want to do IS talk about the problem rather than going out and trying to get themselves elected to those offices where they so deplore the current office holder. IF you don’t try to help fix the problem, then you are a part of the problem. Again, without naming names, I can look down this list and see some regular complainers.

    • WayneJ

      You do not have to run for office to do something about it. We elect officials to do the damn job and when they don’t, they should be shamed. I am certain this guy will not be re-elected because of this incident but whoever replaces him will have to climb into the same cesspool and be sucked up in the exact same fecal vortex this guy is in.

      • Chester

        So, exactly how much support do you provide for the officials who would actually try to fix a problem? Seems like you are as much a part of the problem as are the officials who you cry about. You say “We elect them,” but what do you do besides walk down to your polling place on election day and put a mark beside the name of someone in the “right” party? If you want things done, you do have to at the very least, let people know, elected officials in particular, that there IS a problem, and you think it might be possible to solve it in such and such a manner. Don’t just sit at home and whine about how something isn’t being done, go out and let people know about it, and maybe even try to do something about it yourself.

        • WayneJ

          I support them with the taxes I paid in. I expect anyone I hire to do a job to do it. Do you actually think no one knows about all of the pot holes in the streets. Seems this guy WAS doing something about it and he shouldn’t have to. The mayor and many of his appointments are radical leftist and communist…therein lies the real problem. Now go to work Chester.

  • justus brother

    There should be arrests in this case. Mr. Chane should be sworn in as a law enforcement officer and sent to arrest the lazy ass city officials!!!

  • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

    Sheriff Joe, Lead Obama ID Fraud Investigator, had an High-Level Meetings In Washington DC (The meeting was scheduled to go for One hour, but ended up going for about FOUR and a HALF hours)

    Soon, Soon the Korrupt Kenyan Kriminal will go to jail, where he belongs.

    “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.” – Jesus Christ (Mathew 10:26; Luke 8:17)

    “Magna est VERITAS et praevalet” – “The truth is great and shall prevail”

    • snilee

      Your such a dreamer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • http://batman-news.com samurai

        The personal attack. Classic 5th column strategy. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
        You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot. This leaves you out.
        “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”
        Benjamin Franklin
        Founding father
        Devout Christian

    • http://batman-news.com samurai

      Here is something posted by the sheriff about Hitlery Clinton.
      Keep up the good fight fellow patriot. Never mind sleepee, as he is still reeling from the spanking Jeff H, Jay, Dave H., and I gave him in a prior thread. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
      You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.
      “Man is not free unless government is limited.”
      Ronald Reagan
      40th President of the U.S.

  • KIR

    No sh!t they aren’t going to bring charges. What the flip charges would they bring against this guy? That he did the job they should have already done with materials his tax dollars helped buy. “Government” cash strapped? Laugh on. Let’s get real. The inept and sociopaths cannot be shamed; they are void of conscience. They are the apathetic; society’s best thieves, the corrupt that lie, cheat, and steal under the guise of “government.” As is the case at all levels. The Department of Transportation is a joke – in every state.


    If the government doesn’t work then it is because it is poorly elected, cannot manage the budget or corrupt…it becomes untrustworthy and WTP have the responsibility of repairing that problem by a maintenance procedure we call a election and you do not have to wait until it is time to vote at the scheduled time.
    WTP at present have lost confidence in this group of communist in the WH and it is time for them to go because we can see the havoc they are wreaking in every concievable segment of our economy, finances, security and foreign relations, they are the epitome of the word “inept” and the essence of corrupt.