The Kenosha News coughs up another biased report favoring the proposed Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee rail line but with an appropriate twist.
This time there's been some discussion about linking existing local transit systems which actually does make some sense.
But then the newspaper once again drivels into its one-sided love affair with the costly KRM rail boondoggle.
I've harped about this many times but suffice to say that the KRM plan is to upgrade the old North Western tracks from Kenosha to Milwaukee (which were once double-tracked before Amtrak was created in 1971) and run Metra passenger trains north of Kenosha to provide a painfully slow ride from Milwaukee to Chicago.
The newspaper reports that lame duck Mayor John Antaramian and indicted County Executive Allan Kehl back sales tax increases to fund KRM. As comedian Chris Rock would say, "That's just plain ignorant."
Wisconsin and Illinois already pay for a half-dozen daily high speed Amtrak runs each way between Chicago and Milwaukee. New Amtrak stations are up in Sturtevant and at Mitchell Field plus the once dingy downtown Milwaukee terminal is now a glistening intermodal transportation model.
Instead of squandering taxpayer money, all that's needed is a Kenosha Amtrak station -- something that Dairyland Greyhound Park promised to build. The city never held Dairyland to that promise but regardless of who pays for it, building a Kenosha Amtrak station is an appropriate, cost-effective alternative.
Putting it another way, it's what an elected official could and should do if he was spending taxpayers' money as it is was his own.