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1 shutdown  Thu, Jan 12, 2012 9:33:34am

Hey, Alouette - looks like there is an interesting back story here. Can you put up some links, please?

2 Vicious Babushka  Thu, Jan 12, 2012 9:45:57am

re: #1 imp_62

Hey, Alouette - looks like there is an interesting back story here. Can you put up some links, please?

The Bridge Troll

This entitled 1%er is the private owner of one of the world's largest international border crossings.

3 Joanne  Thu, Jan 12, 2012 9:57:08am

Matty Maroun is a crook and a liar. I'm shocked at this story since he's done some fine pocket lining over this bridge deal.

Let's see if I can recall correctly. The current bridge is privately held and Maroun determines what freight is allowed on the bridge. They're trying to build a "sister" bridge (they being the state[fed?]) which will allow all normally accepted freight. Maroun doesn't want competition (tolls, dontchaknow), so he did charming things like send fake eviction notices to residents, run BS attack ads and other typical shit to ax the new bridge.

If someone has backstory I'd love to read it. This is my backyard and we know some of the players, which is why I'm totally flabbergasted that anything is happening to Maroun. I guess his attack ad against his pal Gov. Rick backfired big time.

5 Joanne  Thu, Jan 12, 2012 10:45:18am

Excellent article.

I don't know what the lawsuits over the years have been based on, but this situation, to me, screams for eminent domain for national security.

The Bluewater Bridge (two, two lane, side-by-side bridges) is already one of the most crossed bridges. It couldn't handle the truck traffic if something happened to the Ambassador. You'd have truck traffic on I-94 backed up halfway back to Detroit. Plus, it's over an hour, almost two, through towns back to Windsor if you cross at the Bluewater.

6 Vicious Babushka  Thu, Jan 12, 2012 10:54:07am

Another reason to hate Matty Moroun (other than he is a criminal): the Koch Brothers "AFP" gang supports him!

7 Vicious Babushka  Thu, Jan 12, 2012 10:56:27am

re: #5 JustJay

Excellent article.

I don't know what the lawsuits over the years have been based on, but this situation, to me, screams for eminent domain for national security.

The Bluewater Bridge (two, two lane, side-by-side bridges) is already one of the most crossed bridges. It couldn't handle the truck traffic if something happened to the Ambassador. You'd have truck traffic on I-94 backed up halfway back to Detroit. Plus, it's over an hour, almost two, through towns back to Windsor if you cross at the Bluewater.

I personally do not like the Port Huron/Sarnia crossing, I don't care for the 402 and you don't really save any time driving to Toronto taking that route, but I will definitely be using the Windsor Tunnel from now on.

8 Joanne  Thu, Jan 12, 2012 11:06:32am

Since Port Huron is my backyard, I don't care much about the Detroit/Windsor crossing other than the right or wrongness of it. And I sure hate scumbags like Maroun (not that the MI legislature is much better).

9 Genshed  Thu, Jan 12, 2012 5:45:32pm

Wow, it's like Maroun is LARPing "Atlas Shrugged" - and the rest of society is not playing along.

10 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Jan 12, 2012 8:37:07pm

re: #9 Genshed

Wow, it's like Maroun is LARPing "Atlas Shrugged" - and the rest of society is not playing along.

Actually no, he's just being an asshole. If either of Ayn Rand's heroes, Howard Rourk and John Galt, had taken a contract they would fulfill it. Ayn Rand did not like government owned bridges, but she would not have given someone who was deliberately trying to make life harder for others solely to line his pockets the time of day. She would not call the Bridge Troll a Prime Mover.

That's not to say I favor Objectivism, because I don't, not at all. But even Ayn Rand, blinkered though she was, would see Mr. Moroun as nothing but the shithead he is.


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