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Road challenged

September 11, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

As my car bounced to and fro (recently) on my way back from the McCormick Wilderness to U.S. 41, seldom able to exceed 30 mph even though I was on Marquette County Road 607, I could not help but wonder why the Marquette County Road Commission would want to take on responsibility for a new county road, 595, when, over the past 30 years at least, it has not been able to keep up maintenance on the road I was on. Would County Road 595 suffer the same fate?

Suddenly it hit me. I harkened back to a speech, by someone I almost never agree with, at the Republican National Convention in 2008. She touted her credentials as a fiscal conservative by citing her opposition to a proposed $398 million dollar bridge from Ketchikan, Alaska to the Ketchikan Airport on Gravina Island, with its grand total of 50 residents.

Then I realized that the Marquette County Road Commission's advocacy for County Road 595 is an obvious case of highway department one-upsmanship.

Where, oh where, is Sarah Palin when we need her?

Doug Welker




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