A Tolling Authority would be "F#%$ing gold"

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We'd like to spend our time talking about the benefits of a vibrant, sustainable downtown. But the entrenched political and media interests are working against us, so we need to speak out.

When it comes to bridges, a small group of citizens and elected leaders will do anything to stop an East End Bridge. The politicians are being dishonest with the people who elected them.

City Center and the Downtown Arena are two examples of how decisions get made without the input of tax-paying citizens like you. GLI and other groups like DDC and the Bridges Coalition are used to support an agenda without your input or the input of the Metro Council. It's a practice that needs to be stopped if we want true public discourse on important city issues like bridges.

Mayor Abramson, Congressman Yarmuth, Jim Welch (Chair of DDC, past President of River Fields) and others are pushing for a tolling authority to avoid true public accountability. Like the Arena Authority, a tolling authority would close the process to public dialogue and allow them to control the process. Political appointees that should represent the interests of the people, will leverage their power and influence to get what they want -- a road here, a school there, whatever. In the words of Illinois Governor Blagojevich, it's "f#%$ng gold."

If legislation passes in February to create a tolling authority, kiss accountability good-bye. It won't matter if thousands of people email the Governor or call their state reps. It will be too late. The response will be, "it's out of our hands." 

We already have $411 Million of funding for the Bridges Project through 2010. We need to spend it NOW on the East End Bridge. It's the least expensive portion of the project with the greatest benefit. 

Contact your representative today and tell them that you don't want to pay a $5 toll to cross the river. You don't want to fund a 23 lane Spaghetti Junction. They need to prioritize the East Bridge and get it going ASAP.

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'In the words of Illinois Governor Blagojevich, it's "f#%$ng gold."' Delete, delete, delete!

Good grief!
You just lost your credibility and respectability by incorporating the obscene comment of a corrupt official to try and make your point! Come on, guys! Stay real, and don't step off into the political gutter! It will only hurt, not help!

M. P. Lamkin

I think it's freakin hilarious and appropriate.

Keep up the good work guys.

I agree, it's fu!$&ng hilarious! And it brings clearly into focus just how corrupt elected officials can be! Power parallels greed, the more you have the more you thirst for at any cost. Don't let the power of the people be lost to corrupt backwoods politicians!!

Yea, I agree. If you plan on getting the required number of supporters for this grass roots initiative, you are going to have to refrain from ANYTHING that can distract your audience. I can tell you my parents will tune you out immediately if you use anything profane in your position papers or editorials...just free feedback...drop the Blagovitch (sp?) reference IMMEDIATELY...you opposition is too well ensconced to be portrayed as the bad guy...stick to the facts!

Yeah i agree with you James, because corruption is the worst element when it comes to politics.

It's sad that your parents aren't able to see that the former Governor's profanity is used here to illustrate the corruption that pervades government in general. Anyone doubt that Mayor Jer has used similar terminology in private when referring to us pesky "enraged" citizens who stand in the way of his "strong mayor" agenda or that of his publicly funded political action committee (DDC)?

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