On a cycling vacation in Italy a few years ago (OK, more years than I would care to admit) I encountered the lovely cultural institution of cyclists shouting “Forza!” (pronounced “fortza”) at each other (typically from someone coming down a hill to someone heading up the hill). It translates as “fortitude” or “strength”.

That was my immediate reaction to Joe Cortright’s op-ed piece in the Sunday Oregonian, once again laying out the plain economics of the Columbia River Crossing.

The Oregonian editorial board has an anemic response on Monday, suggesting the two Governors need to intervene since the Congressional delegations in both states are keeping their distance from this stinker.

Forza, Joe!

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