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Socialistic propaganda on Opinion Exchange
Steve Berg’s May 18 commentary (“Roads won’t fix themselves. Transit won’t just materialize.”) was a rant that would make über-liberals and central planners smile. Mr. Berg could hardly contain his visceral disdain for private automobile ownership. Yet the gas tax, which funds much of present-day “transit,” is on the wane due to more efficient vehicles and fewer miles driven. Berg would impose drastically high taxes on all manner of gasoline usage coming from “dirty fossil fuels.” Much of that, we know, historically has been diverted to costly and inefficient mass transit. Berg’s ramrod approach belongs in countries which operate on “five-year plans” and little personal freedom. The author even heaps criticism on the Democrats in office because New Urbanism hasn’t been forced on the citizens — fast enough.
The author claims that quality roads and transit draw investment, jobs and prosperity. It is the reverse. The reality is that states with competitive tax structures spur both new and expanded growth. That trickles down to a more robust job market and greater income. That new prosperity will fund new roads and repair. We can only hope that people like Steve Berg never get beyond their socialist pipe dreams wafting from their computers.
Joe Polunc, Cologne
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Liked the article, but why didn’t Berg also comment on the increase in license fees that accompanied that 8.5-cent gas tax increase? What happened to that money? It was a larger increase than the gas tax, but no one ever writes or says anything about the entire law that was put in effect. The license fees more than doubled, and this was retroactive, so that we had to pay more as soon as our license tab renewal came up.
Would be interested in how much that is bringing in and what is being done with it.
Joe Nesser, New Brighton
HONK IF YOU ...
… think door-locking can happen silently
The guy who invented the car that honks just because you lock the door should be hunted down and sentenced to life with a car horn hung around his neck on a chain.
I can’t be the only person who’s stood on a sidewalk, or walked through a lot, minding his own business, only to be jump-startled by a car horn because the driver can’t be bothered to push the button on the door, or put the key in the hole.
It’s a ridiculously lazy waste of noise, that honking button in your pocket. I hope your batteries wear out and leave you stuck in the rain.
Phil Norcross, Roseville
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