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Publisher’s Note: Your keys, please
Sometimes I can be a little oblivious to what’s happening around me. It took awhile,
but eventually a 37,000-square-foot building did penetrate my consciousness. I was gate
keeping for a ski race up on Snow King when I happened to gaze off into the distance toward the Virginian. I had to blink hard and squint, because though it seemed impossible it appeared that an incredibly huge concrete wall had been erected in Karns Meadow. The monolith seemed as unlikely as if it had been a computer-generated image. It reminded me of one of the newer Star Trek movies in which they drew a starship base atop an Iowa cornfield.
However, it appears the massive building going up in Karns Meadow is real. Jackson’s version of a starship base is the new START Bus barn. This giant building, which is initially 37,000 square feet but expandable to up to 150,000 square feet, already ranks among the largest structures in town. It was able to slide through the planning process with nary a peep of mass and scale controversy, while other behemoths like Kmart and Albertsons languished in busybody planner limbo for ages.
This massive investment in START will push us further down the road of government controlled transportation at the expense of individual freedom. I can see the efficacy of buses full of people traveling between bustling commercial nodes within our valley, but as START expands into less cost-effective routes the negative aspects of the push for mass transit start to pile up. Empty buses lumbering down formerly quiet residential streets negatively affect the character of our neighborhoods. (Yes, I’m still annoyed by the new bus route that passes in front of my house on Rancher Street). In order to fill those buses the government will need to make it more and more difficult for us to drive and park our cars. The green war on our personal automobiles, which is enshrined in our new master plan, will cost us money, make us less free, and make it harder for working people to get to and do their jobs.
The Greeniacs declared war on our incandescent light bulbs and won. That great big structure going up in Karns Meadow is another salvo in their battle to eliminate the personal automobile. Underestimate big green government determination, and you may end up totally dependent on whatever is stored in that giant building as your only source of transportation.