If there’s a choice between a new road and a snail or turtle, I’ll choose the road. I’ve seen those fences that stretch for miles along both sides of the highways that keep turtles, or more accurately tortoises (tomato - tamato) from getting smooshed as they cross the desert sand. Okay, tortoises are people too—or not, but don’t they have a right to move safely to a better neighborhood? We human taxpayers have an obligation to subsidize that since very few of them can hold a job. I don’t have a problem with that, but here’s the thing. I have never seen a tortoise on either side of those long spans of
road and from what I’ve heard nobody else has either. That’s not to say they aren’t there somewhere, or maybe they’re smooshed already. But it gets my dander up that I have to pay for something that is so obviously out of balance. It’s way down the scale of my tax dollar priorities.