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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Live fee or buy

Took one of those rare jaunts up to the Granite State yesterday. You know, the place that charges you for the "pleasure" of driving through it on the way to Maine.

This time, those good folks who live by luring Massachusetts residents' dollars with cheap booze and butts (sorry, no sale) gave me the added joy of a statewide traffic jam. It was bad enough the crawl started about three miles south of the Hampton tolls. Why did it continue to just about the bridge over the Piscataqua River and Maine.

New Hampshire's boast of being a garden spot where you can escape the decay of Massachusetts has always rung hollow with me. You do get what you pay for and endless battle over taxes ignores the fact the state's public schools (financed by an onerous property tax) leave a lot to be desired.

So, in the spirit of a truly flinty Granite Stater (you know like the guy in the mountain who crumbled), I took Route 1 back down, avoiding the tolls, saving a buck and honestly believing that the trip was no longer than the bumper-to-bumper crawl north.

And when I got the Massachusetts line -- where the strip malls gave way to trees and green, I heaved a sigh of relief at being home. Now if we can only get rid of Mitt...

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