Voice of the People
I read with interest Karen Tallian’s article in the Feb. 21
Chesterton Tribune studying the new toll road proposal. As an attorney
for the Porter County Plan Commission, where she is involved with the
proposed Unified Development/Ordinance, she should also request more study.
Last week I went to the Plan Commission to review the new ordinance, but
none was available. What is our county trying to hide? Is the new ordinance
designed to chase small farmers off their property?
I would like to give members of the legislature my opinion on the new toll
You do not need this additional road. The state needs to rebuild the old
railroad system, which served every small town in the state. Move the
18-wheelers with their box cars off the public roads and back on the rails.
With the present threat to our atmosphere, the legislature should be aware
that a railroad train of 100 cars pulled by two locomotives will move the
same tonnage as 600 semi-trucks. The federal government has tried for years
to socialize the country’s transportation with super highways and trucks now
find they cannot afford it.
The railroads were always privately owned. They owned their own
right-of-way, tracks, equipment and stations. They moved passengers,
freight, LCL (less than carload lot) express and mail. (Remember the
three-cent postage stamp?) and even had commuter service.
The railroads paid taxes to local government on their holdings. What do our
highways or trucks pay locally? Nothing. When the Indiana Toll Road was
built, the law provided they would pay no taxes or ditch assessments. This
lost revenue was made up by township taxpayers. It removed 40 acres per mile
of road from the tax roles. This is still in effect under the new lease
No more roads. Rebuild the railroad systems.