AMUSED BY COAL TRUCK CONTROVERSY

(03/06/2003)

I'm somewhat amused by the controversy over coal truck weights.

Do I understand that the state wants to increase the amount of tonnage a truck can carry just because the trucks have been carrying heavier weights than allowed anyway?

Gee, maybe the state should shorten the school year so the kids who only attend 140 days will be in compliance?

It seems to me that if the state cannot afford to build and maintain roads that these big trucks require then the state should not allow those huge loads. Have the State Police target these trucks and the owners of the truck for being overloaded and make it pay.

All I ever heard when I lived in West Virginia was that the coal companies ran things. Maybe the state should take over?

Roger Marshall
Baltimore MD