July 14, 2011 Oh the Bridge
Yes MDOT still meets and plots to build a bridge next to our facility. We tried to make our voice heard and received gracious politically correct honey dripping non response. Legislatures assure us they will not support a project that would be bad for the community (of course we differ in our definition of what is “good” for the community). Of course closing the exit next to our church, building a ramp that will hid our facility, and putting us behind concrete walls – I am sure is “good” in the eyes of MDOT and our Legislator. You see our community is really two communities – one more gentrified and filled with the politically in-touch, and another made of the poor, underserved, and wounded. Guess which group has the Legislator’s ear? We of course serve the other. The well-connected part of our community does not like the Maroon bridge project because it affects their community. They support the bridge that will impact the poorest people in our community, and have the Legislator right behind them claiming – “I will not vote for anything that will be bad for our community”.
Excuse me if I decide to refrain from seeking to be heard in public meeting or direct correspondence. I have written the Governor, the head of MDOT, attended public meetings, spoke to our last Legislator, and emailed the current one. The honey keeps dripping, and their plans do not change. So I leave our response to God.