Choosing the side of working people
“I’m about 300 pounds. Imagine carrying 4 or 5 bags of groceries across this bridge with 2 inches of snow.”
Two or three months each year, when the creek is high, the residents of Powell Branch Road have to use this foot bridge to get to their property from the main road. Tucker Dillon has been fighting 20 years for a safer solution.
He remembers guiding his wife, now deceased, across the bridge during her heart attack. Emergency services wouldn’t cross.
“Lord help us if a fire happens. Last time, the fire truck said they couldn’t come,” said Harold McNeely, who can tell you about the new bridges that have been installed in recent years around Boone County. “But those are for rich folks. Average Joe like me and him. I’m working 7 days a week on minimum wage, home health care worker. I asked the Secretary of State’s office. They told me to get a lawyer. With what money?”
Four families rely on this bridge, including one woman in a wheelchair. The bridge is 102 years old, and at various times throughout history, the residents have had alternate routes into the property. Years ago, the local golf course shut down one alternate route. A few years later, another property owner offered up another possible route… if folks could come up with $12,000.
“When it floods, we’re landlocked.”
The deed on the land guarantees “clear access to the property.” But Government does not work for folks without means.
Stephen’s car has traveled thousands of miles across the state–on all kinds of roads. Most roads, in most counties, are in rough shape. But every now and then, we come across a nice stretch of newly-paved secondary roads. We always take note of the houses nearby. Almost without fail, the nicest roads cut a path to the most expensive homes. The Good Old Boys know how to get a road paved when it’s theirs.
We can have a government that works for everyone, but only if we take it.
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