Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Correction: Antaramian not the only mayor to drop the ball on KRM

It's never fun to catch a mistake -- in this case, one of omission -- but it's better than someone else catching it for you.

The Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee (KRM) rail boondoggle currently being pushed by a bunch of pooh-bahs, including outgoing Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian, has been attacked here as an unnecessary waste. With new Amtrak stations in Sturtevant and at Mitchell Field, high speed service between Chicago and Milwaukee only needs an Amtrak station in Kenosha.

That was supposed to happen when Dairyland Greyhound Park was built. That was one of the promises Dairyland made when it was seeking its license.

Dairyland was never held to that promise. The Amtrak station was never built. And the mayor at the time Dairyland opened was Pat Moran. That should have been pointed out here but wasn't.

It's true that Antaramian never picked up the ball but this gaffe didn't start with him. Of course, the Kenosha News, with its current stable of young reporters, never picked up on how the KRM boondoggle could have been -- and still could be -- avoided simply by making Dairlyand ante up on its original promise.

Several days ago the offer was made for Steve Lund or Craig Swanson from the Kenosha News to respond as to why the newspaper has been asleep at the switch on this one. So far, no response.

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