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March 1, 2016

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.

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