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Kirk Landers — Editor Emeritus

Better Roads Staff - Jul 03, 2012

Kirk Landers — Editor Emeritus

Five Radical Concepts     From traffic gridlock to sunbathing, summer brings most of us some long hours in which contemplative thought is possible. If you have trouble thinking of something to ponder, here are five possibilities …   1. It’s time for the road ...

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House passes transportation bill to extend highway program through 2014

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Jun 29, 2012

The House on June 29 approved legislation that will extend federal highway programs through 2014, a low interest rate on student loans for one year, and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years, according to a report from The ...

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Financial District

Better Roads Staff - Oct 04, 2011

Follow the Money A fiscal year 2012 transportation spending breakdown By John Latta Sometimes this page is used to help readers read between the lines. The House Appropriations Committee has released its fiscal year 2012 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill. The legislation ...

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What? Another extension? Really?

John Latta - Aug 19, 2011

This will surprise no one. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Ca), chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee and therefore the key senator in any reauthorization legislation process, is setting up another extension for dear old SAFETEA-LU. Boxer said she will schedule ...

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Kirk Landers

Brooke Wisdom - Dec 01, 2010

Kirk Landers

Is this what hope looks like? By Kirk Landers, Editor Emeritus   Media reports in November speculated that John Mica , the incoming chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will oppose any increase in the federal highway program, opting instead for ...

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Kirk Landers

Brooke Wisdom - Nov 01, 2010

Election Season Fallout By Kirk Landers, Editor Emeritus By the time you read this, the election season will be over. I’ll be feeling like a deer at the end of the hunting season. I can answer my phone again. No more machine-dialed ...

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Kirk Landers: Pavement triage

Brooke Wisdom - May 01, 2010

Kirk Landers:  Pavement triage

Pavement triage By Kirk Landers Many southbound trips I take from my suburban Chicago home start with three miles of supremely bad road. The route’s main virtue is a lower volume of traffic than the main roads. It’s also more scenic and ...

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Kirk Landers — Leadership, please.

Brooke Wisdom - Oct 01, 2009

Kirk Landers — Leadership, please.

You’re a First Lieutenant, and you just received orders to lead your platoon on an uphill assault of an enemy position.Most of the platoon members will die. You almost certainly will die because you must be in the front wave. ...

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Kirk Landers: Basketball on ice

Brooke Wisdom - Jun 01, 2009

Kirk Landers: Basketball on ice

Basketball on ice   By Kirk Landers In the month of April, the administration of President Barack Obama issued two statements relating to transportation issues that the President needs to reconsider.             First, the Administration sharply rebuffed a comment from its newly appointed transportation ...

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Kirk Landers: Stepping in it

Brooke Wisdom - May 01, 2009

Kirk Landers: Stepping in it

Stepping in it By Kirk Landers Reports covering the appearance of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood before the Senate Environment and Infrastructure Committee in March conjured up the image of a joke that was a hit on the playgrounds of my youth.      ...

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Kirk Landers: Common sense

Brooke Wisdom - Jun 01, 2008

Kirk Landers:  Common sense

Common sense By Kirk Landers       Could there be hope for America yet?       In May, one of the oldest, most tried and true scams for currying public favor — "free money" for voters — was soundly rejected by the news media and ...

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Kirk Landers: Modern math

Brooke Wisdom - Mar 01, 2008

Kirk Landers:  Modern math

Modern Math By Kirk Landers When it comes to dealing with problems, there's the old fashioned way, and there's the modern way. Last month, Congressional leaders and the Bush Administration agreed that what America really needs now is an economic stimulus package. In ...

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