In the last several days, I've found it necessary to travel from my home in Highlands to both Franklin and Cashiers and back by way of U.S. highway 64. At many points along the way, I felt like I was driving thru an obstacle course of potholes and uneven patches. On those sharp curves one dares not swerve too far to miss the impending crater.
Now I'm very thankful for those courageous and robust men who, a century ago hung from ropes and used hand held drills and hammers to blast away the rock and soil in order to gouge out these two roads, but nothing lasts forever and they now need some major repairs, not just the smearing on of a little asphalt here and there.
We are now paying 36 cents per gallon in N.C., State excise tax plus 18.4 cents Federal tax, not to mention the additional 8% sales tax which together is one of the highest taxes nationwide. This amount of revenue should be sufficient to maintain our roads and bridges but I'm not convinced it is properly prioritized. I love the beautiful flowers but I'd rather have the potholes fixed and the bridges made safe. Do we really need the grass along our roads cut to look like a golf course? And how about those big DOT salaries and cushy retirement benefits?