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I have been driving in this province for 60 years, and for 60 years I have always equipped my vehicles with snow tires. The reason why is that we live in a province that has the most diverse weather conditions, and for six months of the year we can have snow at any time that Mother Nature decides.

With the number of miles of roads we have in this province it is very expensive to keep the roads clear of snow and ice, and it doesn’t matter how much equipment is on the road, we are never going to have dry pavement at all times.

In the past we have wasted a lot of dollars in the way our snowclearing has been done, with plows travelling back and forth on the roads days after no snow, with plows up doing nothing only getting a day’s pay, burning fuel and wearing out the equipment. We can no longer afford this waste with the state of the provincial financial situation. December was a very bad month keeping the roads clear, and there have been a lot of complaints, a lot of fearmongering by MHA Barry Petten, opposition critic with the Progressive Conservatives, and MHA Paul Lane.

This is not the time to be playing politics. We are in a critical time of our lives with the financial situation of this province and the tax burden we are imposing on our children and grandchildren.

Transportation Minister Al Hawkins, you are doing the right thing. Our highways are no worse this year than other years. Most of the time I don’t need snow tires, but when the snow is falling faster than the equipment can keep it clear, that’s when they are needed.

I have always used snow tires, patience and common sense, and that’s how I operate when on our highways. It’s time for the general public to do the same — that way, our highways would be much safer.

Capt. Wilfred Bartlett (retired)

Green Bay South

With the number of miles of roads we have in this province it is very expensive to keep the roads clear of snow and ice, and it doesn’t matter how much equipment is on the road, we are never going to have dry pavement at all times.

In the past we have wasted a lot of dollars in the way our snowclearing has been done, with plows travelling back and forth on the roads days after no snow, with plows up doing nothing only getting a day’s pay, burning fuel and wearing out the equipment. We can no longer afford this waste with the state of the provincial financial situation. December was a very bad month keeping the roads clear, and there have been a lot of complaints, a lot of fearmongering by MHA Barry Petten, opposition critic with the Progressive Conservatives, and MHA Paul Lane.

This is not the time to be playing politics. We are in a critical time of our lives with the financial situation of this province and the tax burden we are imposing on our children and grandchildren.

Transportation Minister Al Hawkins, you are doing the right thing. Our highways are no worse this year than other years. Most of the time I don’t need snow tires, but when the snow is falling faster than the equipment can keep it clear, that’s when they are needed.

I have always used snow tires, patience and common sense, and that’s how I operate when on our highways. It’s time for the general public to do the same — that way, our highways would be much safer.

Capt. Wilfred Bartlett (retired)

Green Bay South

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