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Summer is almost over, and the thinkers and planners responsible for the future of Western New York still don't get it. Try crossing the Peace Bridge on a Friday evening. While the bickering goes on about a signature bridge vs. a second span, local residents and visitors must bear the delays. Bridges are designed to facilitate traffic. Do we think someone will return to visit this area because of a signature bridge?

Try taking the Thruway through the Lackawanna toll barrier some evening. It's a slow-moving parking lot, both eastbound and westbound. The Thruway Authority's solution was E-Z Pass. A nice idea, but not when you're a mile away from the toll booths and access to an E-Z Pass lane. And the authority refuses to acknowledge that Hamburg, Williamsville and Depew really are part of the Buffalo area, denying toll-free access to these citizens. Imagine the reduction in clutter if the toll booths were moved several miles away.

Certainly high taxes stunt our growth. But as long as the planners, politicians and bureaucrats do what they do best -- deliberate and procrastinate -- we look more and more foolish.


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