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Originally appeared in the Buffalo News on July 3rd, 2012.

Is Rep. Brian Higgins so desperate to show that he can get something done in Western New York that he must turn to fear-mongering the people into believing we will lose the Buffalo Bills and Sabres if a new Peace Bridge and plaza aren’t built? People attend sporting events and concerts at the Meadowlands in New Jersey and it takes two hours just to get out of the parking lot. Does this stop people from going to these many sold-out events? I think not! There is bad traffic going in and out of Manhattan daily. Is anyone asking for another bridge to be built there because the traffic is so bad?

Traffic at the Peace Bridge during these events could work in Buffalo’s favor. People might come early or leave later to eat before or after the game because of the traffic.

Our congressman also touts thousands of jobs going to Detroit because “they have their act together.” The proposed bridge is not a done deal. About 400,000 people have signed a petition trying to get this proposal to a referendum on the ballot for vote. At least in Detroit they are trying to build a bridge away from a residential area where the effects of pollution will not be as great. Maybe Buffalo should learn from Detroit. Maybe Higgins should “get his act together” and build a bridge away from a dense population causing great harm and cost to the health of our community.

Elizabeth A. Martina