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BUSES: Service is literally a lifeline for many

Letter by A. Allan Phillips, Tacoma on Oct. 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm | No Comments »
October 24, 2012 4:36 pm

I am a staunch Republican who knows having the government take my money at the point of a gun and calling it taxes is wrong most of the time. Pierce Transit Proposition 1 is one of the few good taxes there are now.

There is more at stake with this vital service that is the literal difference between life and death for many of our sick, elderly and disabled friends, relatives, neighbors and veterans. There is the ability for young, disadvantaged, displaced and laid-off people to get to school and look for and get to work.

Do we want to increase the traffic on our already under-repaired road system? The people currently riding the buses will still need to get wherever they are going. In most cases that will mean a ride to and from their destination, meaning cars on the road instead of a one-person round trip on the bus (it very well may be you having to do this).

Ecologically and economically, Prop. 1 makes sense as well. With fewer cars and less gas being sold, there will be more competition with lower car and gas prices the end result.

We should smile every time we see or are behind a bus and realize because of that bus there are 20 or more cars that are not ahead of us. Remember, there may be a time you need this irreplaceable service and we boomers are not getting any younger.

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