We Marylanders live with a problem: there are no rest areas on the freeways from the west to either Baltimore or Washington. Once you are past South Mountain, you either have to hold it or take a medical urine bottle. We live with the narrow minded fiction that government and business cannot work together. The fact is that free enterprise does some things much better than the state and vice versa. For example: Maryland was one of the last states to provide decent information at freeway exits. Up until a few decades ago, we had the old and useless little blue and white symbols for gas, food, lodging and so on. Now that Maryland has caught up with the rest of the country, we actually know which restaurants are there and don't have to waste time exploring only to find a greasy spoon that serves food we don't like.
Yet, we still have not learned the lesson of cooperation between public and private sectors. Our state uncles and aunts still believe the fiction that the two do not mix. The state does not therefore serve the public need for a potty break, but its own political fiction. Another example: The South Mountain rest area is government operated and provides not food other than a few snack machines. Here other states and countries are ahead of backward looking Maryland. Other states lease rest stops to McDonald's, Burger King and other such franchises. They provide good restroom facilities, a quick bite and ample parking.
Sideling Hill rest area on Interstate 68 is another example of a useless government facility that could be improved by private enterprise. It is closed during the winter months, making it useless for travelers for a third of the year. If the private sector had a stake in this public service there would be a restaurant either side, and the area could be open all year long.
Instead of government and private sectors being in competition with one another, how much better would it be if they cooperated in joint ventures (Philippians 2:3-4). How good and how pleasant it is for people to live together in unity (Psalm 133:1).