The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Traffic Signal

What is the significance with the traffic signal in "The Only Traffic Signal On The Resercation Doesnt Flash Red Anymore"? They mention it first on page 44.

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The title of the story refers to a seemingly insignificant moment near its end, when Victor and Adrian notice that the reservation’s only traffic signal, which has been broken for some time, still has not been fixed. The broken signal light represents the sense of decay and inertia on the reservation, where problems, big or small, are left to fester rather than being addressed immediately. The people in Victor’s community have adapted to the problems of youth drinking and alcoholism, just as they have adapted to the broken traffic signal.