Summer Sale Extended! Get unlimited digital access for 13 weeks for $13.
Readers Respond
News Opinion Readers Respond

The gas tax's 'toll on America' is already too heavy [Letter]

I read with astonishment your editorial calling for a 15-cent increase in the federal gas tax, to 33.4 cents per gallon ("The toll on America," Dec. 5).

This is on the heels of Gov. Martin O'Malley's hike in the state gas tax, which will go up every year because it's tied into the Consumer Price Index. By the end of this decade, Maryland's gas tax could be pushing 50 cents per gallon.

The Sun trots out all the usual reasons for supporting this new tax: "The federal gas tax hasn't been raised since 1993," and an increase is needed to build and maintain new roads and bridges, it will help the economy and, the best one, other industrial nations tax their people more — so we should too.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but has The Sun ever seen a tax it didn't support?

How about having the federal government stop sending billions of our tax dollars to prop up foreign countries — especially the ones that hate us? How about a little relief right here, in our own country? Imagine how many roads and bridges we could build and maintain if we reduced foreign aid spending by just 25 percent.

I am so sick of the liberal, progressive, socialist rulers of this state bleeding us dry little by little, while The Sun keeps preaching that it's all for our own good.

Mark Wilson, Fallston

-
To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com. Please include your name and contact information.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Rural counties need a transportation lockbox [Letter]

    Rural counties need a transportation lockbox [Letter]

    This fall, Maryland voters will have a constitutional amendment on the ballot of interest to all state residents, taxpayers and drivers: Question 1, which will create a "lockbox" for state transportation funds.

  • Stop the stopgap thinking on transportation funding

    Stop the stopgap thinking on transportation funding

    As of late last week, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the Baltimore area hovered around $2.71, about six cents below the national average and a few pennies less than a week ago. One year ago, the average was $3.52. And where are gasoline prices headed in September?...

  • How to fix Md.'s aging infrastructure

    How to fix Md.'s aging infrastructure

    Recent Sun articles and editorials have pointed the way forward for Maryland's aging infrastructure ("States scramble as federal highway funding erodes," Feb. 21).

  • Shouldn't Md. already have been inspecting aging bridges?

    Shouldn't Md. already have been inspecting aging bridges?

    The top transportation official in the state has ordered an immediate inspection of 27 aging bridges. This announcement comes after a slab of concrete from an I-495 overpass struck a car in Prince George's County ("Md. to inspect aging bridges," Feb. 13).

  • A pothole jars home the true cost of tax cuts

    A pothole jars home the true cost of tax cuts

    I just spent $650 for new wheel and a new tire because of damage from a pothole on an urban street. I was not speeding. I needed AAA service at 10 o'clock at night. And it could have been worse.

  • Tell Congress to fix our crumbling transportation infrastructure

    Tell Congress to fix our crumbling transportation infrastructure

    For nearly six years America has not had a long-term transportation bill. While Congress has bickered and passed short-term patchwork bills, our nation's roads, bridges and public transit systems have deteriorated. Moreover, projects to modernize and expand our transportation infrastructure have...

  • Gas tax is wasted

    Gas tax is wasted

    In your editorial, "Congress on the clock" (April 13), you talk about the federal Highway Trust Fund going bankrupt unless Congress acts to raise taxes. Motorists deserve better highways and bridge repair, but the truth is not all of the tax money motorists pay goes to build or repair roads or...

  • What's the cost of lower tolls?

    What's the cost of lower tolls?

    It is my understanding that Maryland's transportation infrastructure is in serious need of maintenance. If that is the case, what could possibly be the point of reducing the tolls on our highways, other than to make political capital ("Panel expected to OK toll reductions," May 7)?

Comments
Loading
82°