Yes, trees are being cut down for this latest piece of the highway project, but permits are still needed.
The secretary compared the EPA's management structure to that of the Wizard of Oz. So we apparently need someone like Dorothy Gale from the classic 1939 film Wizard of Oz to drop a house on the Wicked Witch of the West and pull back the curtain on the Wizard of Oz.
Krancer suggested that Sen. Bob Casey could help as he is the Democrat from Pennsylvania in the Senate. While the good senator may not resemble Dorothy — he is more like the Tin Man in body type — he is always willing to listen to the people of Somerset County.
It is time to ask the senator — and anyone else we have contact with in the federal government — for help.
John Rizzo, spokesman for Casey, said the senator's office has weighed in with the EPA and will continue to do so to encourage them to work with the state so the Route 219 project can move forward.
Route 219 was discussed in the 1970s. The Meyersdale Bypass was built during the 1990s. The roadway is still incomplete. We cannot let the lack of permits stop Route 219 now.
Route 219 must be built.