Monday, February 7, 2011

MORE ON THAT “UNLICENSED ENGINEER” SCANDAL AT THE NORTH CAROLINA DOT: North Carolina Transporation …

Oh, this is good:

MORE ON THAT “UNLICENSED ENGINEER” SCANDAL AT THE NORTH CAROLINA DOT: North Carolina Transporation …: "

MORE ON THAT “UNLICENSED ENGINEER” SCANDAL AT THE NORTH CAROLINA DOT: North Carolina Transporation Secretary Doubles Down:


Bryant said Lacy was trying to intimidate Cox and his neighbors and suppress their rights to petition government officials.


“No one signed it as an engineer,” Bryant said. “They simply put together their feelings and their information. When we can’t do that without fear of potential criminal prosecution, that takes away our rights.”


A spokesman for Perdue said the governor, a Democrat, had pledged to take politics out of transportation planning. . . .


Transportation Secretary Gene Conti, a Perdue appointee, said the DOT has used residents’ feedback to change the Falls of Neuse project. He endorsed Lacy’s request for an investigation.


Disgraceful.


It's pretty obvious to me what happened here.

A bunch of talented and intelligent people put together some recommendations in the best format they could manage, and the guy in charge of the DOT engineers, who had no engineering knowledge himself, panicked when he couldn't intelligently answer their questions. "Quick, call the police! Somebody is about to make me look like the tool I am!"