Anti-Toll, Anti-Double–Tax Community

RECEIVED Tue., Feb. 1, 2005

Dear Editor,
   I am against toll roads on pre-existing roads. I am for tolling new roads until they are paid for. I am for allowing the people to vote on how new road construction will be funded, whether through regional gas tax, or bonds, or tolling. Looking at "Postmarks" from the last issue [Jan. 28], I noticed there was a pro-toller assaulting the character of anti-toll activist Sal Costello by saying he was a bully, mean-spirited, an 800-pound gorilla. Obviously the writer has never met Sal, because a bully does not sacrifice his work and family to defend the public against something that is not right.
   Another letter said toll roads are comparable to a flat tax. Not true. The toll charge per mile will vary from road to road, area to area. Those that use 290 East to go to work may pay more per mile than those on 71 West, or vice versa.
   There are some who don't understand what is meant by a free road. We are not referring to the cost of the road but talking about free access to the road. People that are economically challenged will be forced off the main roads because the costs are prohibitive. This is an unfair hardship caused by tolls that would not exist otherwise. I urge everyone to think about their loved ones going through tough times when they support the anti-toll, anti-double-tax community. Sal’s Web site is www.austintollparty.com.
   Keep in mind the difference between Sal and his enemies: Sal is fighting for the people; the enemy is fighting for money and development rights. Which one do you think best resembles the Dragon?
Mark Stenger
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