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Letter: Family farms high price to pay for new roadway

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Donna Badger


To the editor:

Once again the highway across Johnson County has come before the public. Business groups are forming a committee to again propose the Commerce Connector to the public and legislators.

In other words, in order to make a few dollars more profit, this proposed road would destroy some of the most scenic agricultural areas in the state at the expense of taxpayers as well as destroying many family farms owned for generations. The proposal in 2006 resulted in many large and heated meetings, with residents of the counties rallying against the proposed road; and I am sure residents in the counties involved have not changed their minds.

However, is this proposal over? The residents of the counties involved should be very aware of bills and budgets passed by the House in 2013. House Bill 1001, passed a Major Moves Construction Program (IC 8-14-14-5) putting money in the state budget. Are these funds for the Major Moves projects for this road? If you request information from your elected officials regarding their position on this Connector project, will you get a direct answer?

Before going to the poll in May, residents should ask the candidates these questions and request a “Yes” or “No” response. Will you as our representative vote “Yes” or “No” for any proposed interstate through these counties? As our representative, did you approve the funds for Major Moves project in 2013 legislation?

The editorial by the Daily Journal is correct, “The idea should be dropped now before any time or money is wasted developing it.

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