While the City Council is on vacation, Gilbert’s wondering attention has been drawn to an issue outside Takoma Park, but affecting us all.
Today, they are “honoring” a guy who for thirty years commuted 50 miles from Accokeek to Rockville across the Wilson Bridge. The honor they have bestowed is to let him push the plunger to blow up the old bridge.
We’re supposed to feel sympathy for this boob’s commuter suffering. If you ask me, they should blow him up with the bridge. Here’s a guy who for THIRTY YEARS has been contemplating the following choice: “Hmm, should I: 1) MOVE CLOSER TO MY JOB and save on gas, time, wear-and-tear on my vehicle, and stress, or 2) Commute 90 minutes each way across a notoriously crowded DRAWBRIDGE subject to LONG DELAYS? Gee, I think I’ll take #2, that sounds SO MUCH BETTER!”
In his and other commuters’ twisted reasoning, the suffering he underwent as a result of this stupid choice, is not HIS fault, it’s the BRIDGE’S fault! The problem, they conclude, is that the bridge just isn’t big and fast enough to expedite their selfish, fat rear-end’s sole-occupied vehicle to its distant daily destination.
No, all you selfish, fat rear-ends out there, the problem is YOU. And now, thanks to you, we have a bigger, faster bridge that will encourage more boobs to make a 50 mile commute. That, of course, will increase traffic, which will slow and frustrate commuters, who will again call for an even bigger, faster bridge.
This is the mentality that brought us the ICC. This is the mentality that welcomes development to upper Montgomery County. This is the mentality that wants to widen the Beltway. This is the mentality that is dragging all of us deeper into traffic-choked, suburban-sprawled, global-warming hell.