There must be cheaper ways to fill a pothole!

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One of the benefits of working in journalism is that you learn a little about a lot of things.

Consequently we are usually able to see both sides of the story and are rarely in a position to throw our weight behind any single cause.

A prime example was when NHS Forth Valley announced plans to move to a single hospital for Falkirk and Stirling.

While many argued all services should be retained on both sites, our analysis of the facts and figures showed this was impossible without putting lives at risk.

However, there’s one subject that I still can’t get my head round - potholes!

With the snow and rain we have suffered over the past few weeks they have been springing up all over the place.

I usually get exasperated with my wife over an apparent inability to avoid the little blighters when driving, but I have to admit she’d have to be a rally driver to avoid all the ones which currently punctuate our drive to work.

Apparently, repairing them is a huge drain on the council budget but, for the life of me, I can’t understand why. A couple of workmen, a dod of cement. Job done – or am I being too simplistic?

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