I've driven my pick-up truck in every county in North Carolina over the past five years, and I have to say: I don't get all the whining and complaining about North Carolina's roads. To hear the road-construction lobby talk, you'd think we were all dealing with two-laned mud-filled ruts and such.
Sure there are improvement and maintenance needs, but compared to some of the other problems our state is facing, I don't put building highways anywhere near the top of the list of investment priorities.
The issue hit me right between the eyes this morning when I read this story about the so-called Highway 17 Association. It's hard to tell who this association is made up of, but it's a safe bet that developers and contractors like Fred Smith are behind it, people who line their pockets when taxpayer dollars get spent on road projects.