Roads to die for or on

The Pilot - - Editorial - Dou­glas Edi­son, Cot­tlesville

First, I would like to com­mend the Min­is­ter of Works for the much im­proved con­di­tion of the Tran­sCanada High­way on the east­ern part of the is­land of New­found­land. It has been a long time com­ing and it was a tremen­dous im­prove­ment to the much di­lap­i­tated and dan­ger­ous por­tion of the life blood sup­ply to the Avalon Penin­sula. I thank you on be­half of the tens of thou­sands of reg­u­lar users and the tourists who help our econ­omy grow. Keep it up and they will keep com­ing.

On the other hand, the Hon­or­able Derek Ben­nett could take a page or two from your book of cudo’s or maybe a chap­ter or two and do some­thing about the much trav­elled Roads to the Isles. I travel those roads quite of­ten as well and I and count­less thou­sands of oth­ers are quite frankly “dis­gusted” with the road from Boyd’s Cove right on through to Twill­ingate. This sum­mer alone, I have stopped to help sev­eral el­derly tourists change flat and dam­aged tires and wheels. You Sir, should be ashamed of your­self. When was the last time you have driven through your con­stituents ob­sta­cle courses? It’s a won­der there are not more ac­ci­dents to add to the dam­aged wheels. So, how is it that some com­mu­ni­ties have their pot­holes some­what patched and filled while oth­ers are left to grow, deepen and cause more dam­age? Are these the com­mu­ni­ties that didn’t vote in your fa­vor? So you de­cide to pun­ish them and the in­no­cent tourists? Most of whom vow to never re­turn and pass their hor­ror sto­ries on to their friends and aquain­tances who also scratch Twill­ingate off their bucket list for fear that the Road to the Isles my in­deed be the end of their bucket list.

I am a happy yet dis­gusted tax­payer. Please fix the pot­holes be­fore the snow flies.

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