Give Credit for Toll Disaster Where Due

RECEIVED Wed., July 21, 2004

Dear Editor,
   Apparently, members of the CAMPO board who voted for the special interest toll-road plan are operating under the old adage that it's better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission ["Divided CAMPO Says Yes to Toll Plan," News, July 16]. I received numerous e-mails from these board members who now are trying to explain their votes. If these board members are so proud of their votes, why don't they name the various toll-road segments after themselves? We could have the "Will Wynn Right Through Zilker Park Tollway" (MoPac from Highway 290 into downtown), "Karen Sonleitner 'I Saved This Road by Destroying It' Toll Road" (Loop 360), "Brewster McCracken Environmentally Insensitive Turnpike" (SH 45 South), and "Gonzalo Barrientos Already Paid for With Taxpayer Dollars Toll Overpass" (MoPac overpass over William Cannon). There are enough segments of this toll-road patchwork quilt for each supporting board member to get his/her own personalized toll road. Then in the next election everyone will know who to thank for this disaster.
Marilyn Simpson
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