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    Why can’t leaders put egos aside?

    SCOT LEHIGH is right (“Lesson for a lame duck,” Op-ed, April 10) that Governor Patrick should have brought the legislative leadership in on his big transportation funding proposal.

    However, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate President Therese Murray, and other legislative leaders also shoulder the blame. Couldn’t they have reached out to the governor and met frequently during the last nine months to hammer out a deal?

    They knew going back to last summer that the need was great, in the range of $700-900 million — and yet seemingly because of political spite, the House came up with only $500 million in its proposal.

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    Wouldn’t it be refreshing if all of these political “leaders” put aside their egos, focused on the Commonwealth’s sustainable transportation needs, and came up with a bill that will address this issue vital to the citizens of the Commonwealth?

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    Sustainable transportation funding that is linked to transportation (for example, via the gas tax) and then dedicated directly to public transit and road improvements is not only what the public wants, but what this planet needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Rick Mattila

    Hull