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Federal grants puzzling

Recently, the towns of Latah and Waverly received federal grants to build new sidewalks and curbs. Very few people live in these towns, and the people who do live there seldom use these beautiful new expensive sidewalks. One could describe these sidewalks as beautiful new “sidewalks to nowhere.” But, somehow, there is always a down side to a good thing. Waverly is about to lose its post office due to a lack of federal funding.

Not to be outdone by its neighbors, Tekoa is requesting its very own something to nowhere, a $946,000 bridge, no less. One can only hope that Tekoa has better luck keeping its post office than Waverly did.

Jack Hordemann



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