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Are Farmers Pro DRIC?

This blog has discussed the proposed bridge between Detroit and Windsor generally in a favorable fashion. However, Paul Jackson of The Michigan Farm News, has prepared his own independent analysis of the situation, which I think warrants consideration.

The reality is that the positive effects of the New International Trade Crossing, formerly the “DRIC” project, is a proposal that will aid not only the farmers, but also everyone in the state of Michigan. Yet, Paul, a writer from Lansing, looks at the project from 30,000 feet above the ground and recognizes the dramatic possibilities available with a second bridge. Below, please find an excerpt from Paul’s article, which I use with his permission.

Scent of a New Bridge

Before advertizing and public relations campaigns created artificial scents, a rose was a rose.
It took the eloquence of Shakespeare to ponder the deeper relationship between its smell and its name, but Shakespeare didn't live in a society constructed by spin.

In today's deceived world, a DRIC bridge smells suspiciously like dreck, like something that was dredged from the mucky Detroit River bottom and reeks of wrecks and muttered political epithets.

On the other hand, the NITC (pronounced Nit-see) sounds more like the family pet. As acronyms go, it's nicer. The New International Trade Crossing (NITC) rests better on the tongue than the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC).

The problem is, the structure is one and the same, no matter what it's called. The only difference is how it's financed. But depending on who's speaking, one stinks, and the other sends lovely fragrances gently across the river where noses lift to inhale entrancing beauty and prosperity.

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