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Kasich made a wise decision on turnpike

Published: February 24, 2013 4:00 AM

The Feb. 19 Record-Courier article about Gov. John Kasich's Ohio Turnpike proposal really left a lot to be desired.

I'm particularly shocked that State Rep. Kathleen Clyde called for your readers to write letters opposing Kasich's plan for the turnpike.

Why? Governor Kasich's plan for the turnpike should be supported. I drive to work almost every day and use the turnpike, which is why I'm confused at why Representative Clyde is encouraging folks not to support it.

The new turnpike plan will not only create jobs for Ohioans, it will also rebuild and repair crumbling portions of road on the turnpike.

I support the turnpike plan because this is the first time in 20 years a comprehensive plan has been put together to address the turnpike. Tolls will be frozen at current levels for 10 years. Besides, the new turnpike plan will actually generate more money for cities and counties, so why attack it?

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Having a reliable Ohio Turnpike is important to me. It makes sense that it's run by Ohio and not outsourced somewhere else. Could you imagine if the 65,000 jobs the new turnpike plan is supposed to create were outsourced to a different state or country?

Governor Kasich made a wise and smart decision in keeping the turnpike here in Ohio and he should be supported.

It seems these officials are trying to support Democrat Ed FitzGerald's candidacy for governor, as he led opposition to the turnpike before a plan was even introduced.

Fred Smith, Kent

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anonymous Feb 24, 2013 9:44 PM

More money, less wealth.

anonymous Feb 24, 2013 12:54 PM

@Trawl...Kasich can't just wave a Magic Wand and produce money, can he?...No he cannot. Only Obama can thru the FED.

anonymous Feb 24, 2013 11:51 AM


anonymous Feb 24, 2013 11:51 AM

Fred, if readers go to the above URL and read the article where Ms. Clyde states her objections the reader will see your letter has little to nothing to do with Ms. Clyde's and others objections. The Kasich plan only makes sense to those who failed simple arithmetic. Freezing tolls AND using toll money to pay off loans AND redistributing more toll money throughout the state? This validates the concerns about maintenance funding being cut. Kasich can't just wave a Magic Wand and produce money, can he?