Here is the beginning of this week's column in The Times Herald. I've put a link to the rest of it at the bottom so you can read it all if you'd like. I guess the question to ask is, shouldn't we the people decide if Route 422 should be tolled?
“…Because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
John Donne, the English poet, may not appreciate me using the above quote to go off on a rant about the tolling of Route 422 in Montgomery County, but I found it oddly appropriate.
What has been translated into a poem was originally written by him as an essay in “Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, No. 17”
When I started researching the quote for this column I had no idea the entire essay is appropriate for an analogy to what appears to be happening with the possibility of tolling the state road.
The essay begins, “No man is an island…” and continues to convince us that we’re all somehow connected; that whatever affects one, affects us all.
Yet it appears as if the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission thinks itself an island.
Why else would the authority approach the governor’s advisory committee on transportation funding, and our own county commissioners two days later, without putting the plan before the public?
We are the pocketbook from which the commission wants to filch, so why not come to the public first?
Perhaps it is because the public is becoming too savvy for such antics.
The rest of the story.