Steel wheels on buggies damage St. Lawrence County roads
Friday, September 27, 2013 - 7:38 am

To the Editor:

If I choose to have studded tires on my vehicle, they are only allowed during the winter months as New York State feels that these steel studs damage highway asphalt.

What about the steel shoes on Amish horses and steel wheels on their buggies?

This may seem to the average reader ridiculous and attacking the Amish way of life. If you’re thinking this way, please travel the Italian Road in the Town of Potsdam. This road was paved in July 2013. It is already chipped up due to steel horse shoes and steel wheels traveling daily on this road.

Drive down Ridge Street in Norwood. This street was paved again last month, which makes it paved three times in the past six years. Norwood Mayor McFaddin continues to blame “big trucks” for damage to this street and continues to fight in court one local truck operator.

Sen. Patty Ritchie wants to educate “us” concerning Amish use of highways. Mayor McFadden may be missing the point as to why his street does not hold up to “normal traffic”.

Remember “Big Truck Owners” pay a huge annual road tax and fuel tax to New York State for highway use. What do the Amish pay and why are they allowed to drive our highways with steel shoes and wheels when car owners can not?

Bob Haggett