On Feb. 8, Pierce County will vote on a very important measure that will have a huge impact on so many who use and rely on public transportation.
The choice will be to raise the sales tax (3 cents on a $10 purchase), improve current service and expand service into the DuPont and Orting areas, or reduce service levels drastically starting June 2011 and add to the unemployment lines.
There are so many benefits to public transportation: reducing fuel consumption and air pollution; reducing congestion and wear and tear on streets; providing transportation to many seniors, disabled, students and others who can’t drive; and providing transportation to the poor to get to jobs.
No system is perfect, but I believe Pierce Transit has reacted to the economic downturn and has strived to run its operation as efficiently as possible.
I am a compassionate, conservative Republican who believes in small, efficient government, but I also have a heart and realize that so many people will be harmed by the failure of this proposition. I am appealing to my fellow Republicans to step up and support public transportation and our less fortunate residents.
To my Democratic friends, now is the time to practice what you preach (helping the poor, seniors, disabled and the environment) and vote for Proposition 1 on Feb. 8.