Articles about the completion of Route 219 say it will provide easier access in and out of our local area, and hopefully promote economic growth, which we desperately need. With funding being cut, every dollar spent should be done very conservatively. We would like to think, that most of us live within our means, and the philosophy, that if you don't have it, don't spend it, should apply to all. I guess it doesn't.
The part that bothers me was the $800,000 that PennDOT was donating to the Indiana Bat Conservation Fund; I understand that the Indiana Bats are on the endangered list, but come to think of it, Somerset County could, also, be on that list. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for protecting and preserving our wildlife, but at what cost should this be done.
If you had to choose: Preserving and improving our way of life (or) the Indiana Bats, which would you, choose?
Please voice your concerns by contacting your elected officials now:
Frank Burns, House of Representative, 535 Fairfield Ave., Johnstown, PA 15906; Richard Kasunic, Pennsylvania Senator at 814-445-7675; PennDOT at 717-787-5574.