This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Woodbury Liberal Press tells of one of our correspondents, John H. Twells, who has gone to work and improved the public road in front of his property, at his own expense. It has always seemed to us that the road laws of many of our States are very defective. Often the preliminary step necessary before a good road can be made, requires as much loss of time and money to one or two public spirited men, as would nearly build the whole road. Every little bit of a road has to have a special and tremendous effort made, before it can be done. All this could be very well -done under a general law. There can be no question but the condition of the public roads is the measure of the civilization of the inhabitants. At present as we know instances, property owners are often forced to pay for expensive roads out of all proportion to the value of their property, - and at other times roads lie as perpetual mud holes, which could be made good at a very small per centage of the value of property along their course. In Pennsylvania, roads are made at the expense of the property owners, and after once made, kept in repair at the public expense.
We know of many roads in a dreadful state that could be macadamized by an assessment of five per cent, on the line property. "Why cannot a general law be enacted, whereby when this is the case ,a road should come " naturally" or without any tremendous effort?