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Policies questioned

August 6, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water. Not an exact analogy to Rick Snyder's governing, but close. I did not vote for Mr. Snyder, but wanted to give him a chance, especially after he recently took steps to ameliorate some of the behaviors of our out of control majority legislature in Lansing.

I thought electing him might not be too bad. But recently, when the Ambassador Bridge was a target of a bomb threat, what is the first thing out of Gov. Rick Snyder's mouth? The threat was a perfect reason for building another bridge to Canada.

Let's think about this statement. Then, consider whether someone bent on bombing a bridge to Canada would select the old one and not harm the new one.

I think that is giving someone way too much credit and if thinking on a potential bomber's part was not clear, he or she probably wouldn't be threatening to bomb anything.

I don't know how many bridges between Windsor and Detroit would ensure the Canadians would come in greater numbers to blow their money at the Detroit area casinos. I am certain, however, this is not a concern of Joe and Flo, common citizen, who live in Michigan, but more the concern of huge casino owners who have Governor Snyder's ear.

What I am certain of is, if there is available money, the best way to use it would be to help bankrupt cities who were given to emergency managers and return governing to their elected officials; keep our children in classrooms with a decent ratio of teachers to students; (and) rehire workers who have been laid off.

Gloria Walden




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