Politics & Prejudices
Time to support Snyder
No, you don’t have to love him, or even vote for him.
Published: February 13, 2013
Now, you may say that Ward has a vested interest in preventing the Ambassador Bridge from being certified for hazardous materials, and that would be correct.
But for many years, the Wards have been strong supporters of the New International Trade Crossing Bridge, which will almost certainly put them out of business.
Allowing the Ambassador Bridge to carry hazardous materials is just plain nuts, especially given the bridge owner’s track record of misleading the public. MDOT officials seemed shaken last week by the firestorm of opposition from the largely Hispanic community in southwest Detroit.
Windsor isn’t happy either. MDOT says it will schedule a meeting for public comment, but hasn’t said when.
I suggest you let them know how you feel, now.
By the way — a number of legislators, mostly Republicans, were upset in past years when I repeatedly suggested that they were voting against a new bridge and the people’s interests because they were bought and paid for by Matty Moroun.
One of these specimens was former state Rep. Paul Opsommer, chair of the House Transportation Committee, who fought hard and bellowed loudly against a new bridge. Term limits meant he had to leave the Legislature last month.
But today he has a spiffy new job — as lobbyist for CenTra, Inc., Matty Moroun’s many-tentacled trucking empire.
Well, you don’t have to be Ernie Hemingway to come up with his perfect eventual epitaph: The Scum Also Rises.
Jack Lessenberry pines weekly for Metro Times. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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