South Shore expansion is grandiose, wasteful vision

2014-05-01T00:00:00Z South Shore expansion is grandiose, wasteful vision nwitimes.com
May 01, 2014 12:00 am

If 95 percent of Dyer and Griffith residents oppose the South Shore expansion, why have their leaders approved it? And since the financial pledges thus far are significantly less than the required 34 percent of CEDIT funds, where's the rest of the money coming from?

Why have we seen no plans for this massive project? And most astonishingly, why are we building a megamillion-dollar new rail system when the Amtrak line between Dyer and Chicago already exists?

Answer: Because the mastermind of the project, Congressman Pete Visclosky, controls the flow of federal tax dollars to the region. Thus, our local leaders must do his bidding.

Crown Point City Councilman Bill Feder observed that the same amount of tax revenue could finance 10 new corporate headquarters in the area, providing substantial economic development. But such common sense has apparently been rejected in favor of Visclosky's grandiose, wasteful vision.

- Larry Rapchak, Whiting

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