Bridge to Gravina
By Bob Allen
October 21, 2005
They say twice a baby, once a
man. It appears that Senator Stevens is now there. How many times
in the last year have I seen Stevens threaten to quit, to be
upset? Let's see, in April there was ANWAR, and now there is
the bridge. There are others.
Senator Stevens, you may make
those you are in office with feel bad for you, but maybe if you
feel so strong about quitting....it is time! Stop your babying,
you are becomming an embarrassment.
And... Readers Digest just
released their November edition and there is a commentary named:
Fleeced! Your Money for this? by Dale Van Atta.
"Bridge to Nowhere.
This year, in the small fishing
village (and cruise ship stop)of Ketchikan, Alaska, Rep Don Young,
the states only U.S. Congressman since 1973, vacuumedup nearly
half a billion dollars for new Alaskan bridges that will serve
just several thousand people.
With in the huge 6 year 286.5
billion dollar highway bill that President Bush signed in August,
Young procured some 454 million. He can do that because he is
the chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,
and because he apparently doesn't care that he is robbing U.S.
Taxpayers to pay for unnecessary projects.
One of the bridges being constructed
is a 223 million ediface that will connect Ketchikan (pop 14000)
to Gravina Island (pop. 50). But this bridge isn't just a simple
connective link; it is an architectural feat rivaling some of
America's most renowned bridges. The Ketchikan Gravina bridge
is designed to be slightly shorter then the Golden Gate Bridge,
and fully 200 feet above the water at its ape (the better for
cruiseships to pass underneath).
The preposterous "need"
for the bridge is that the airport serving Ketchikan is situated
on Gravina. However, residents have easily crossed the Tongass
Narrows in a mere seven minutes by ferry for more then 3 decades.
Not only is the ferry quick and cost effective, it connects resident
to an airport with fewer then 10 commercial flights per day.
In the annals of odious oinkmanship,
Young has earned a special place in HOG HEAVEN. The Republican
Congressman has even went so far as to name the bill in honor
of his wife and include a provision that one of the bridges be
names "Don Young Way." Young is so unrepentant that
he actually bragged about the bill and his procurement prowess
"I stuffed it like a turkey.""
Ketchikan, AK - USA
Stevens says he'll quit if bridge funds
Anchorage Daily News - October 21, 2005
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