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July 9, 2014

County focus on roads applauded

I would like to thank our Blue Earth County Board for taking on the issue of funding road and bridge repair.

I don’t think any of us wants to have new taxes added on to what we are paying now, but we either do as much fixing and replacing at today’s prices or we pay higher prices five years from now.

Minnesota has more paved roads than any other state, done in the name of job creation.

So we pay for smooth roads and safe bridges now at today’s prices, or we let them crumble and pay what ever the future prices are.

The County Board has the choice between two taxes or can use them both.

I would suggest that both taxes be used right away.

Fix or replace every bridge in the next four years, and those bridges should be wider. During that time, as much road work should be done as possible.

At the end of this four-year, major road and bridge effort, one of those two taxes should go away.

As the Mankato area continues to grow, I would like to see as soon as possible Nicollet and Blue Earth counties make Highway 22 between St. Peter and Mapleton a four-lane highway all the way through.

George Washington wrote in 1796: “However, (political parties) may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the ruins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

This is what happens when we voters allow a two-party system.

Michael Burger

Mankato

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