Thanks for smoothing things out

In the April 18 Xpress I wrote a letter lambasting whoever ordered the application of whatever was purposely splattered all up and down Cane Creek Road in Arden/Fletcher [“Who Put the Bumps in My Country Road”]. I said (and I do so love to quote myself), "Roads are supposed to be smooth, safe and even […]

Salting roads harms environment

With so many environmental activists in our mountains, why is there no outcry about the massive salting of roads?  Come spring, our roadsides will be deprived of healthy vegetation and our streams and groundwater will be seriously compromised. Even a handful of salt can kill plants, including trees, and the tons of salt dumped on […]

Public infrastructure: Buy now or pay later

Last week, the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform issued a report providing recommendations for reducing the federal deficit. One of the proposals from this report was a recommendation to adjust the gas tax. No one likes to see an increase in user fees, but consider the following. According to the American Society of […]