High­ways no worse this year

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

Dear Ed­i­tor, I have been driv­ing in this prov­ince for 60 years and for 60 years I have al­ways equipped my ve­hi­cles with snow tires and the rea­son why is that we live in a prov­ince that has the most di­verse weather con­di­tions and for six months of the year we can have snow at any time that mother na­ture de­cides.

With the num­ber of miles of roads we have in this prov­ince, it is very ex­pen­sive to keep the roads clear of snow and ice and it doesn’t mat­ter how much equip­ment is on the road we are never go­ing to have dry pave­ment at all times.

In the past we have wasted a lot of dol­lars in the way our snow clear­ing has been done. Plows travel back and forth on the roads a day af­ter no snow, with plows up do­ing noth­ing only get­ting a day’s pay, burn­ing fuel and wear­ing out the equip­ment. We can no longer af­ford this waste with the state of this provin­cial fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion.

De­cem­ber this year was a very bad month keep­ing the roads clear and there has been a lot of com­plaints. A lot of fear­mon­ger­ing by MHA Barry Pet­ten, op­po­si­tion critic with the PCs, and now Paul Lane.

This is not time to be play­ing pol­i­tics. We are in a crit­i­cal time of our life with the fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion of this prov­ince and the tax bur­den we are im­pos­ing on our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

Min­is­ter Hawkins, you are do­ing the right thing. Our high­ways are no worse this year than other years. Most of the time I don’t need snow tires but when the snow is fall­ing faster than the equip­ment can keep it clear, that’s when they are needed.

I have al­ways used snow tires, pa­tience and com­mon sense and that’s how I op­er­ate when on our high­ways. It’s time for the gen­eral pub­lic to do the same, that way our high­ways would be much safer. (Ret) Capt Wil­fred Bartlett writes from Green Bay South

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