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Thankful for infrastructure bill 

Thankful for infrastructure bill 

To the Editor:

At long last after years of inaction, there will be greatly needed improvements to the infrastructure of the United States.  

We can look forward to seeing road improvements, a strengthening of the electrical grid, wider access and more stable broadband, airport upgrades, and other enhancements. Significantly, good-paying jobs will open as Americans undertake the work required to realize these needed renovations. Residents will experience specific benefits in Cherokee, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, McDowell and several other counties in the North Carolina Mountain region. Although long overdue, it is something for which we can all be grateful since these improvements will benefit us all.

It is disheartening that the congressman elected to represent our region voted against wider access to high-speed internet; against upgrading the electrical grid; against programs to help the region reduce transportation fatalities and crashes (think Interstate 26 in Buncombe and Henderson counties and malfunction junction in Asheville); against funding for clean water and low-emission school buses; against modernizing our airport.  

Congressman Madison Cawthon is a public servant who was elected to represent the region and residents across several counties here in North Carolina. Refusing to endorse infrastructure changes is equivalent to a refusal to represent the people and the communities of Western North Carolina. Nevertheless, other public servants recognized the need for and value of these initiatives, and we will finally see enhancements, repairs, and good-paying jobs.

In the spirit of the season, this community is blessed and thankful. Happy Thanksgiving.

Teri Domagalski

Waynesville

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2 comments

  • Excellent letter distinguishing the truth of President Biden's monumental accomplishments that will help the middle class and working poor of the US since taking office last January.
    It is also good to note the obstruction and lies coming from the extremist ignoramus who pretends to represent our Congressional District.
    The Republican Party isn't a party any more; it is a cult of anarchists. If McConnell and McCarthy had been leading Republicans in Congress when smallpox vaccinations were first administered to all school children, at school, most of them would have died or been horribly disfigured by that ghastly disease. But in the eyes of McConnell, McCarthy, Gov. Abbott of Texas, and DeInsanitas of Florida, they would have been "free." The pseudo-nouveau Republican Party's notion of freedom reminds me of a line from a Kris Kristopherson song: "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

    posted by Mary Curry

    Wednesday, 12/01/2021

  • Thank you!

    posted by Deni Gottlieb

    Sunday, 11/28/2021

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