Decision to four lane road makes no sense


Published: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 11:40 p.m.
It seems that the recent vote by the County Commission to four-lane SW 24th Avenue has created a number of spirited comments in these editorial pages.
The decision to even reconsider the vote seems inappropriate. The excuse of receiving $3 million in federal funds when the big picture does not really mean cost savings to taxpaying citizens is not justifiable.
How are citizens to trust in the orderly working of government based on the due process legal system when changes can be made to please an individual against the integrity of the process.
The two-lane option came about through a lengthy process involving professional planners and citizens. It's a ''vision thing'' how to best use and preserve our resources in Gainesville.
The four-lane option does make sense to bankers funding the building of a super Wal-Mart. However, this will cost our community in esthetic qualities and in increased money for the inevitable increased services required, not to mention the great increased cost of road building.
It is unconscionable that any sitting commissioner would represent the narrow interest of a wealthy individual against the best interests of the community at large.
I challenge any commissioner who voted for this project because they believe it is the right thing to do to publish a bill of particulars outlining the benefits of creating a four-lane expansion.
Goldie Schwartz, Archer

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