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PG Editorial: Walking and biking makes us more secure in more ways than one

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This is a must-read, offering a slightly different take on why we should invest in bike infrastructure.

Dennis L. Benchoff, a retired lieutenant general and former chief of staff of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, is an adjunct professor of mathematics at Harrisburg Area Community College. Michael A. Dunn, a retired brigadier general and former commander of Walter Reed Healthcare System, is a professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Pennsylvania must invest in active modes of transportation not only to make us healthier, but also to help protect our country

April 21, 2013

By Dennis L. Benchoff and Michael A. Dunn

Transportation systems have always played a vital role in America’s national security. This was the case with early infrastructure like the Forbes Road that connected Carlisle, Pa., to western outposts like Fort Duquesne during the French and Indian War and to the Port of Philadelphia and its naval shipyards shortly after the nation’s founding.

From these early investments to the development of our modern-day rail, aviation and interstate highway systems — the latter formally known as the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways — our state and national governments have invested in various types of transportation on the grounds of national defense.

As retired general officers of the U.S. armed forces and members of a growing effort known as Mission: Readiness, we urge Pennsylvania lawmakers to invest in a comprehensive transportation plan to ensure our nation’s security.

Read the full article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


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