Letter: Fix our roads
Feb 8, 2017
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein
In a Feb. 2 letter to the editor State Rep. William Cogswell has shown that he still doesn’t understand the root issue of fixing our infrastructure.
He fails to understand that it is not a funding issue, but a corruption issue that has put our infrastructure in this shape.
The problem lies in the State Infrastructure Bank and the S.C. Department of Transportation being under the control of a few legislators, with
most of the power in the hands of one senator from Florence.
Real reform, starting with limiting the amount of power a couple of legislators have and substantive ethics reform, is the only way to fix our
roads. Mr. Cogswell’s support for taking more money from us only to be mismanaged by a corrupt system can only result in his constituents
recognizing how fast a freshman representative can become a good ol’ boy.
The State Infrastructure Bank and SCDOT have been flush with cash, but it seems only pet projects like the $100 million Pamplico Highway get
funding. If Mr. Cogswell supports a gas tax increase while not fixing the corruption then he is not a fiscal conservative.
He used a leaky roof analogy in his letter. Well, allow me to retort: Mr. Cogswell and his pro-tax, decidedly not fiscally conservative friends are
not the repairmen. They are the leak.