Rethink Megaload Issue


Sonja Lewis, Moscow

Moscow-Pullman Daily News 8/22/11

Devin Rokyta (Our View, Opinion, August 16) needs to rethink the megaload issue.

As a 20-year resident of Moscow and 10-year homeowner, I have witnessed how reluctant large self-contained RVs are to freely roam around town to shop and utilize our dining and lodging. Vehicle size is not without consequence!

Imperial Oil/Exxon Mobil’s drivers and support crew may not be eager to find adequate parking and cruise our facilities, either.

Furthermore, why count on the corporation’s hiring locally (in order to cut the transport units down to size)? Businesses often prefer to hire from their own employee pool.

Moscow’s city utility and street engineer state that the megaloads will cause no significant wear and tear – but on what grounds did they base their opinions? With each unit weighing more than 200 tons, wouldn’t it be more prudent for a sizeable and adequate damage deposit be required up front?

But at least, Idahoans have kept the loads out of our irreplaceable Lochsa River corridor – so far. Let’s support the legal battle to ensure this.

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