Consider Romney in upcoming primary
It's hard to believe that we are only weeks away from the Jan. 19 South Carolina Republican presidential primary. If you are one of those many people still undecided, I ask you to please consider casting your vote for Gov. Mitt Romney.
For the past year and half, I have had the good fortune to get to know Gov. Romney on a personal level. I have found him to be a true conservative and not simply a RINO (Republican In Name Only), of which the Republican field clearly has its share. Mitt Romney fought for major government spending cuts in waste and overlap while governor of Massachusetts.
When he took over as governor in 2003, the state was in huge deficit of a few billion dollars, and when Gov. Romney left office this year, the state reported a surplus of over $2.5 billion. Two other major examples of his ability and leadership were his fight to reform illegal immigration and health care. In 2003, a bill was sent to him by the Democratic-controlled Legislature that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses and the right to attend universities and colleges in the Commonwealth State. Romney had the courage to veto both bills. He strengthened immigration laws and directed state police to work with federal law enforcement in deportation.
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He was the first governor in the United States to reform health care and provide a private system in which all citizens of the state would have insurance no matter if they had lost their job or moved to another company.
While in the private sector, Mitt Romney has helped start hundreds of companies, not only in the United States but also around the world. He is the kind of business leader and fiscal leader we need in Washington, D.C. Please consider and vote for Gov. Romney on Saturday, Jan. 19.
Some ideas for saving 'Pennies'
There's an idea for saving money on the "Pennies For Progress" projects in York County that seems to have been overlooked, and it could potentially solve the entire shortfall problem and make the new roads safer as well: Eliminate all the frivolous suburbs and their associated drainage piping.
The recently widened section of S.C. 161 is an excellent example -- mostly rural, yet curbs and pipes were installed along most if not all of the stretch from Newport to York. Beyond the added expense, we now have significantly increased storm water runoff problems since rain can no longer just soak into the nearby ground. Also, since steep curbs were poured instead of the sloped design used in Cherokee County on S.C. 5, cars cannot safely pull over onto the shoulder without risking popping a tire.
As for the savings, we need to do the math. Concrete is around $100 a yard. It probably takes about a yard per foot of curbing, plus construction costs and the cost of the sewer pipe and burial, so we can probably quadruple that to $400 per foot, times 5,280 feet per mile. That's $2.1 million per mile savings. How 'bout them pennies!
We could look at U.S. 321 as a good example of a time-tested approach. In the rural areas, there are no curbs. The section south of York recently had its lanes widened beautifully, and the work went super fast and really didn't cost much at all, compared to our design. You can safely ride a bike on the shoulder without being in traffic lanes!
Let's see, safer, cheaper, faster, greener -- that's poetry to me! Is anyone listening?