Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Of roads and loads

Our beloved Idaho Transportation Department may receive a $562 million budget for 2012, an increase of 16 percent or a gain of $78 million. Over 70 percent of that money, or approximately $50 million, is federal stimulus dough. To the contrary, the Idaho Legislature is rejecting federal dollars on account of fiscal responsibility, slashing social programs left and right, and ignoring the fact that an educated and healthy citizenry is one that prospers and performs.

Is it possible that our governor and Legislature have been hijacked by international corporations seeking newly paved and resurfaced roads and bridges so that they can truck hundreds of 600,000-pound loads on our taxpayer-funded highway system? Don't forget the $1.8 million in federal stimulus money that the Port of Lewiston is seeking so that it can expand its dock and capacity to handle bigger loads.

Corporate tyranny is alive and well in the Gem State. But its social fabric is decaying. When are we going to march into the state Capitol and demand change? Who's going to be the first to call for the resignation of Gov. Otter?

Brett Haverstick

Moscow, Idaho

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