Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: gas

Nov.
24th

GAS: More money for average Americans

Since last year at this time, the price of gas has dropped about $1 a gallon. Most families drive about 30,000 miles per year, getting 20 miles per gallon. This is about 1,500 gallons. This lower price has put $1,500 per year more in every pocket of every average working American family.

This has been done even though the current government has done everything it can to decrease production of oil in our country. The government has said no to the Keystone XL pipeline, depriving us of well-paying blue collar construction jobs and more non-OPEC oil, said no to leasing federal or state

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Jan.
18th

GAS: Choices few in funding our roads

Re: “Taxing by the mile is a dumb idea” (letter, 1-18).

I enjoyed reading the letter concerning the suggested pay-by-mile idea for raising road funds.

Let’s stop the hyperventilating and loose talk and think of something here. If it is indeed necessary to raise funds to fix and improve the highway system, there there are only a few choices: Raise the gas tax, go to the mileage method, ration the mileage that is going to be allowed on each vehicle, stop driving and use mass transit, or allow the highway system to collapse from bottlenecks and repairs not done

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Jan.
18th

GAS: Price to pay to use public highways

Re: “Taxing by the mile is a dumb idea” (letter, 1-18).

I tend to agree with the writer that a new per-mile tax (TNT, 1-10) for funding highway construction and maintenance is less workable than is our present system based on fuel taxes. Fairness requires an exception, however, as we start to see electric vehicles that don’t use taxable fuels.

But I was more than a little surprised by the writer’s belief that a pay-per-mile scheme would be an intolerable invasion of privacy. If he doesn’t want “big brother” tracking his every move, he should do his moving

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Aug.
27th

TRAFFIC: Where’s gas tax money going?

Hey, all you commuters out there on I-5, are you happy with the stop-and-go stuff every day? How about the weekenders – you tired of the stop-and-go every weekend? Well, while you’re sitting there waiting to move, you might consider this. Of the 50 states, Washington’s gas tax ranks ninth highest. That’s 37.5 cents for every gallon.

So, add up the money while you watch your needle move, and look around at all the other cars doing the same thing. Bet it’s a lot of money, huh? And why aren’t we spending it on a maybe a new north-south highway?

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April
17th

GAS: High prices help pay for ad blitz

Are you sick of the high gas prices and want to blame someone? You have been falsely told that it is President Obama’s fault.

Here is something to think about. The American Petroleum Institute, Exxon, and others are running 30-second ads on numerous TV stations telling how wonderful they are and how wonderful “fracking” will be for America. Last time I checked, prime-time TV ads were very, very expensive.

And now for the real crusher: You and I are paying for these ads with not only high gas prices but with the Republican oil subsidy. I say Republican because they

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Jan.
24th

GAS: Take transit and avoid high prices

Here’s a simple solution to spiking gas prices: Start taking the bus or the trolley. This would save you gas in your tank and money in your pocket. It would help our fair city of Tacoma to go green by not putting that pollution from the gas in the air.

I challenge the people of Tacoma to take the bus or trolley at least once a week. Make a smarter choice and save some money.