Spokesman-Review Letters to the editor
Gas tax hike offers benefits

I was surprised by Christina L. Moxcey’s Nov. 29 letter suggesting that a rise in the gas tax with a resulting decrease in gasoline consumption is “the last thing we need.”

On the contrary, we would have the benefits of less dependence on foreign oil, less traffic congestion, increased viability of public transit, cleaner air (less pollution from exhaust), increased demand for local food (as opposed to shipping food long distances), and far more than enough revenue to offset any additional costs for lower-income families.

Meanwhile, everyone would still be free to “make choices for themselves” about what to drive.

Roy Johnson

Anyone care to offer your opinion on this one?

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