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There's something about rural cows

February 20, 2008 - LLee Janssen

Super cow, us, fragilistic, expedite out of us some dollars! It strikes me that we could toll Interstates 81 and 83 and use that money to fund the Chesapeake Bay cleanup. And that's not an idea I got from Mary Poppins ... after all, if we can toll Interstate 80 to fix bridges and mass transit in the cities, why not pick another highway to rectify the bay's cleanup? It'll probably need two highways, as the cost has now been suggested to be $1 billion, yes, BILLION! (I'm sure somebody in state government must think this to be a BRILLIANT idea!!!)

But seriously, the projected costs for the cleanup are mind-boggling. But it's not difficult to wrap my mind around yet another huge rate hike, this time a tripling of the sewer bill, far out of pace with the ability to keep up and absorb it ... what gets sacrificed next to fund something else that's out of control?

Hey, state officials, pay attention to what's going on in our economy ... it's all inter-related! There are reasons why people aren't spending their money ... there's not much leftover after paying for the essentials, thanks to out of control energy and the escalation of costs of food and other necessities for survival. And taxes and health care. And the looming removal of electric rate caps. Putting yet another exhorbitate mandate-driven cost onto common people's shoulders absolutely won't help.

Picking on sewer authorities along the Susquehanna to pay for upgrades costing millions of dollars and not kicking in substantial state or even federal funding seems morally wrong. Sure, the river feeds the bay, but the cows standing in the streams that feed into the river also feed the entire state, and sewer authorities have nothing to do with that. You want to fix the problem? Go to the source, not the easy pickings. Then help fund the mandates. And for crying out loud, don't look to the largely rural, areas along the river to find your cash cows.

This cow, for one, is tired of being milked.


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