The east­ern por­tion of Pennsylvan­ia is in dan­ger

The Morning Call - - TOWN SQUARE -

You know you are in Pennsylvan­ia:

When you cross the bor­der from Mary­land to Pennsylvan­ia and you fill your tank with gaso­line that has the high­est state gas tax in the na­tion at 58.7 cents per gal­lon — added to the fed­eral tax at 18.4 cents per gal­lon.

Where many bridges and high­ways are in need of des­per­ate repair and con­tin­u­ing main­te­nance.

Where nu­mer­ous ma­jor high­ways and their ex­its/en­trances are lit­tered with blown tire rem­nants, plas­tic bot­tles, cans and refuse of all kinds.

Where we are fast be­com­ing the truck and ware­house cap­i­tal of Pennsylvan­ia, if we do not al­ready bear that ti­tle. And with large trucks fur­ther de­te­ri­o­rat­ing our roads and high­ways, mak­ing driv­ing ex­tremely dan­ger­ous as driv­ers take nar­row town­ship routes de­signed for smaller ve­hi­cles.

Where our leg­is­la­tors need to ex­am­ine their fore­sight and judg­ment, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the Pennsylvan­ia Dutch proverb, “Vee grow too soon oldt und too late schmart.“

Once a to­tally beau­ti­ful state, en­veloped by bu­colic farms and splen­did coun­try roads, the east­ern por­tion of Pennsylvan­ia is in dan­ger.

Robert J. Lab­dik Lower Ma­cungie Town­ship

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