It boils down to greed and simple meanness. While "meanness" sounds like a childish term, it is about apparently childish actions on the part of Franklin County Law Enforcement this is written. Last week, the stretch of road on Wilkinson between the post office and 127 had the speed limit reduced to 35 from 45 to accommodate “paving” that is to occur at some point in the future. Many drive this road on a regular basis and have been doing so for years with the limit being posted at 45 miles per hour. Within the last week, more than 80 citations have been issued to drivers exceeding the 35 mile per hour speed limit. More than 80 people, most of who were simply trying to get to work, get home or get to an appointment are now $170 or more, poorer today due to petty greed and general “meanness” on the part of the local police. The jokes are flying that this is how the road paving is being financed, but one does have to wonder about the total lack of humanity on the part of law enforcement in this matter. One would have hoped that courteous warnings would be given: a grace period for those regular drivers to adjust to the new speed. Meanness, however, prevails. There is a total lack of concern on their part that they are acting like children and negatively impacting the lives of so many just to be mean. $170 can have a major impact on people. $170 may be a family grocery bill. Working people on their daily commute do not notice a subtle swap of a sign that has been there for 10 years unchanged. This is greed: an easy grab of money at the expense of the working family.