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OTHER TOWNS wrote on 1/25/2008 at 14:23:50
Its ok for basketball and football to be played in Minonk all the time. Sounds like its ok for other people to drive or take the train except for you(minonk people). Others spend just as much in gas to come there.
Baseball wrote on 1/18/2008 at 09:22:50
The Baseball team can take the train to Wenona since the school board voted to move baseball back to Wenona again after the city of Minonk put all the money into their fields.
Jack Daniel Devine wrote on 1/16/2008 at 15:07:44
There are slight remnants of the electric train that ran between Decatur and Peoria with overhead electricity. These trains were not defeated by competition but by the powerful oil lobby.
Your all forgetting wrote on 1/15/2008 at 11:36:53
American auto industry killed our rail system. There is no way now it can ever catch up it would be nice to step on a train and get to work everyday on time, but realist rural communties the rails die in the early 80's. Now the hybred cars are set-up for city driving also if you drive any distance you don't get any better gas milage than a regular small car. The goverment needs to subsides some schools to come up with an clean alternative safe fuel. That the american people can put into their car and drive 300 mile fill up in minutes and be on their way. But don't fund schools to come up with this give the money to big oil on top of the billion they are making in profits
Piper Payer wrote on 1/15/2008 at 10:04:43
The interstate system was developed for national defense purposes(quick mobilization and transportation in case of war) and funded by the federal government as part of its constitutional responsiblity to "provide for the common defese." Faster personal travel times were a welcome byproduct to many (but not to small towns that lost traffic). Without government the interstates there'd be more train use and less truck use. Now there's an idea. :)
Wind is the Answer wrote on 1/15/2008 at 10:23:29
Water's not the answer. Put wind turbines down the center of I-39. When your car runs out of juice on the way to Bloomington, roll into the nearest turbine station for a recharge.
Editor wrote on 1/15/2008 at 09:53:15
To Piper Payer: Was the government funding of the interstates capitalism or socialism? Where would the trucking industry be without the government building the interstates?
Water Is The Answer wrote on 1/15/2008 at 08:10:11
I think instead of polluting the air with fossil fuels from cars and trains we should use that center median as a river. Dig it out a little deeper and then have water taxis like in Venice. Then at every stop a new driver can take over so their arms don’t fall off. Then on date nights for those who have them can have a gondola serenades to add to the romantic trip back & forth from catching a meal and a movie in Bloomington.
Piper Payer wrote on 1/15/2008 at 08:19:39
Dave, most tax payers don't want to pay more taxes so that the government can decide which programs to fund or cut. The governement doesnt' have a good track record managing that.
The free market is better at dtermining what services people are willing to have and pay for. At the point our current means of travel become too expensive, the market will allow other cheaper means of travel to enter and reduced demand will push the more expensive means from the market unless they adjust to safisfy the services demanded. You need to have more faith in capitalism than Europen socialism.
good idea but... wrote on 1/15/2008 at 08:05:59
I dont think the total overall cost of the project would be covered by the number of residents that travel from Minonk to Bloomington everyday.
Editor wrote on 1/15/2008 at 08:07:37
To Piper Payer: You pay for government programs by raising taxes or cut spending and subsidies on other items. If the government doesn't fund it then we will keep paying more for our current mode of transportation ourselves through higher gas prices At least this program would benefit the average person and not just benefit special interest groups we now subsidize.
Piper Payer wrote on 1/15/2008 at 07:18:40
Just one thing Dave.... How will it be paid for? I guess I must have Bush's "19th Century blinders" on too.
Dave have you noticed wrote on 1/15/2008 at 03:56:16
That they pulled up all the tracks, so unlike Europe we do not have the infrastructure to handle it with out billions. Also unlike Europe Amtrak is always late