Letters - September 13, 2010 Edition

Letters - September 13, 2010 Edition

Clean Trucks, Again

Regarding “Clean Trucks II,” (The Journal of Commerce editorial column, Sept. 6), even the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals isn’t as obtuse as U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder. Hopefully, at least, they have less of a “preconceived decision.”

In a state that is being strangled and bankrupted by the payouts of exorbitant union pensions, Snyder cannot even grasp the legal concept of “equity.”

Thanks again for another prescient piece.

Anthony Traglio
Consultant
Titan Terminal & Transport
South Gate, Calif.

Your editorial was brilliant, concise, incisive, perfect.
Thanks very much for shining the light on Mayor Villaraigosa’s shenanigans.

Gary Satterlee
Harbor Division Inc.

Government Should Do Its Part on Infrastructure

I find it disheartening that in the ongoing discussions on infrastructure funding (Editorial column, “Courage,” Aug. 9), there are only two options typically discussed: bringing in more money and therefore improving our roads and bridges, or bringing in the same money and doing nothing differently.

This is America, the land of the possible. Every day of every year American business does more with less.

How about if the federal government does the same? How about some efficiencies, some incentives, some way to wisely spend the significant money it already receives from hard-working citizens and businesses? How about if it actually spends the federal highway money on (gasp) highways?

Where is the resourceful media coverage over highway dollar mismanagement, misappropriation and waste? We all have more opportunity to know about Anna Nicole Smith’s last year of life than we do about highway funding and expenditures.

Taxpayers are already showing courage by continuing to send money into a system that is failing. The federal system should show the courage to do the right thing with that money.

Danny R. Schnautz
Clark Freight Lines

Bigger Trucks Threaten Road Safety

I believe THE July 19 article on longer and heavier trucks (“Going Long On Trucks”) downplayed valid safety and infrastructure concerns regarding the effort to allow bigger trucks — longer combination vehicles — on our nation’s roads.

The longer trucks do pose a safety risk to other drivers, and they can damage roads that weren’t built to carry such extreme loads. On more than one occasion, I have been made uneasy while driving near these trucks and encountered some difficulty when trying to pass them. In Texas, where I live, and in Tarrant County, where I am the countywide elected chief executive, or county judge, we barely have enough money to fix the roads and bridges that already are in disrepair.

At its annual conference last month, the National Association of Counties passed a resolution in support of federal legislation to not allow additional routes for longer combination vehicles. NACo strongly opposes any legislation that seeks to increase truck size or weight beyond the capacity of our current road systems, especially if it would raise safety concerns or put highways, roads and bridges at risk of increased damage or deterioration.

Motorists, truck drivers and law enforcement officials oppose additional routes for longer combination trucks. I believe they are right, and I join them in doing so.

Glen Whitley
Tarrant County Judge
President, National Association of Counties