Driving has a cost

Regarding the editorial “Offset an increase in the gas tax?” (Feb. 28), I question why the proposed fuel tax must be offset.

For those who may have forgotten, the fuel tax maintains our highways and similar infrastructure. Income tax is used to fund other services such as Ohioans with disabilities, drug abuse treatment and child services and others, which have been funded to smaller and smaller degrees over the past several years.

Reducing income tax will only further diminish the funding to those entities. We cannot decrease funding while demanding increased services.

A fuel tax is simply a “use” tax to be paid by those using the services/infrastructure and rightly so. You operate a vehicle on a street/highway, you must help maintain that. You don’t drive, you don’t pay. This is irrespective of income or social status.

For those with hybrid or all-electric vehicles not consuming any fuel or a substantially decreased volume, add a surtax to their license plates. Without data, but by observation, the persons driving hybrids and Teslas are not the minimum-wage earners. They can underwrite an additional $100 to $200 per year for their vehicles’ plates. They still use the highways just as a fossil fuel vehicle and must help maintain those.

We cannot continue to avoid infrastructure needs and we must be willing to pay for their use. Time to pay the piper.

Ron Smetana, Akron

 

Dems are sore losers

We have had years of Robert Mueller’s investigation — at what cost to the taxpayers. Now we have a new investigation against President Trump (“House Dems launch aggressive new probe,” March 5). The money spent on these investigations probably could have built his wall.

It sure seems like a waste of time and energy, and why? Because the Democrats lost an election. It reminds me of children taking their ball home because other children wouldn’t play their way.

I have always voted for who I thought was the best candidate and not a straight ticket. I have voted for Democrats, Republicans, independents and some not affiliated with any party. We should vote for a strong leader who is smart, honest and above all, has the best interests for this great country of ours. After watching how the Democrats have acted since Trump was elected, I do not believe I could ever vote for another Democrat.

John C. Stouffer Jr., Akron

 

Avoid risk of measles

The March 4 article “Summit vulnerable to measles outbreak” brought back memories of the 1989 outbreak of measles at Kent State, which ended up exposing two of my three kids to the measles.

It turned out that pediatricians were just discovering a better window of time for infants to be immunized with the MMR vaccine. Our two oldest kids were immunized as newborns, then again at 15 months. I can’t remember for sure, but I think they were discovering that the immunization needed to take place just a few months later for it to be effective.

Bottom line was, Amanda and Andy came down with measles, which was quite a severe illness, as the article stated. They were very sick, and were quite the “teachable moment” for a lot of interns and other medical people who came in to observe them, having never seen any actual cases of the measles. It was very scary and not something you should risk subjecting your children to just because you don’t believe in immunizations.

Barb Lanier, Kent