As usual, my colleague Bluegill provides laser-directed insight with respect to yesterday’s Clere Channel press release. See also today’s Cheers & Jeers for a “sigh of relief” from Tribune reader Sam Johnson, who mentions that most elusive of American political traits, compromise, in his cheer.
Jeff Gillenwater has left a new comment on your post “After 143 long days, Clere finally notices the ORBP, gets all cutesy, repeats discredited Stemlerisms — and says nothing.”
I realize that actual education isn’t the point of propaganda but it might have been nice if Clere had provided some context for his 1920s/1930s comparison.
Car ownership rates then were low and mass transit availability high, i.e., a majority of people did not depend on autos and auto-centric bridges to get to work or for other daily activities. As an investment, the Clark Memorial Bridge was built to serve a certain segment of the population for what was still a relatively specialized purpose. People had real transportation options and a tolled automobile bridge was not only easily avoidable but of little to no use for most.
Now, commuting workers, students, shoppers, hospital goers, etc., have far fewer such options and auto bridges operate as near monopolies. The two situations aren’t directly comparable. Suggesting they are is misleading.