Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The best transportation vote yet

The Senate version of the budget bill would prohibit adding lanes to I-94 adjacent to Wood National Cemetery.

This is a smart vote, and one the Assembly should ratify. Though it's been a while since I've contacted the National Cemetery Administration, the good folks there have not been at all enthusiastic about hanging freeway lanes directly over veterans' graves, which the folks at the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission thought was just a spiffy idea.

It would also be somewhat ironic: while soldiers are fighting and dying in a war that lots of folks perceive to be all about oil, the State of Wisconsin desecrates their graves so residents can save four minutes during rush hour in the year 2020 driving their oil-burning rigs from downtown to the Zoo.

Probably not the image the people of this region want to have of themselves.

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