Voice of the People
I am replying to Mr. Crago’s letter dated 11/23 applauding the Burns
Harbor decision not to support South Shore Rail expansion. Mr. Crago makes
the point that only those utilizing the South Shore Line should pay for the
expansion. He doesn’t use it, so he feels he should not pay for it.
What is overlooked is that travelers from Chicago would be coming here as
well. NW Indiana offers so much - the beautiful lakeshore, cultural
diversity, affordable housing and good school systems. We need those tourist
dollars to support our infrastructure and businesses.
The comment that “you make more money in Chicago” is true. Does that mean the
majority of the residents in Duneland should be sentenced to a lifetime of
working two part-time jobs or never aspire to better paying careers?
Shouldn’t our residents have the choice of where they want to work?
Having a modern and efficient rail system will bring much-needed dollars to
this area. People from outside the area visit and suport the state and
national parks; they shop in our stores; they stay in our inns. And what
about those who (travel to) work in Chicago? They are more likely to spend
those extra dollars they earn here, in the Duneland area. That means revenue
for our community.
I am not calling for just blind support for the expansion, but since our
community will reap major benefits in the years to come, it must be carefully