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Voice: Some issues never change in El Centro

January 22, 2002

I feel like I just stepped into Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine or a time warp or something. Surfing out to the I.V. Press online, I see that El Centro's current mayor is talking about the possibility of an I-8 overpass at Imperial Avenue.

When I was a young reporter on the Imperial Valley Press, 22 years ago (and I covered city government, by the way) one of the most hotly contested political issues in town was … a possible I-8 overpass at Imperial Avenue.

Four presidential administrations later, this is STILL being argued? As the French say, "Plus ca change, plus ca meme-chose."

(If somebody tells me some of the same characters are still making phone calls trying to get this thing killed, I'll pack my bags and check into the Twilight Zone.)

KELLEY DUPUIS

Towson, Md.

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