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Parents would have supported Lincoln Highway Bridge

October 19, 2017
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Letter to the Editor:

We learn lessons, usually from our parents, and almost always those lessons are good advice. One that many of us were taught is to be careful with our money. Before we buy something we check to see if it's a worthwhile expense and if we really can afford it. Tama can easily afford to fix the Lincoln Bridge. Tama is fortunate to have 1.4 million dollars that was given to the town by a departing industry. It was not tax money and using it will not raise taxes. (Although as someone correctly pointed out, taxpayers make use of the Lincoln Bridge regularly). So cost of repairing the bridge is something that we can afford, and something that will not impact the reserve money because after bridge repair, there will be plenty of money left - well over a million. In short, we can afford to repair the bridge, and the expense is nominal.

Next our parents would have told us to make sure we are spending our money on something truly worthwhile. When it was first built, the founders of our town decided they could afford it because it was a worthwhile expense, so they pooled their money and the Lincoln Bridge became a reality. They said they built it so Tama would have something unique and special. These people knew a good investment when they saw one. This little bridge has put Tama on the map for over 100 years. In short, the founders made a smart investment that has made our town special for over a century and continues to attract tourists. They thought, not just of themselves and the town at the moment. Instead, they left a special gift for us and for generations yet to come.

The little bridge has stood strong for over 100 years with only broken letters being fixed, and on occasion a new layer of asphalt. But after these many many years, the Lincoln Bridge needs serious help. It needs the repairs that will let it last for another 100 years.

So is this a wise investment? There are not many investments that could be

wiser. We need to repair the bridge to keep it on the National Register, to assure its position in the emerging Tama historical district, and to preserve it for all those citizens of Tama in the generations to come. We need to repair the bridge because it is the right thing to do.

Anne Michael




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