Spokesman-Review Letter to the Editor
Studded tires worth it

After reading The Spokesman-Review editorial (Sept. 15) on studded tire damage, I just had to comment. The article states that it costs Washington taxpayers $15 million per year to repair the state roads. Now think of your younger sons and daughters driving to Schweitzer Mountain, 49 Degrees North, Mount Spokane, Lookout Pass or Silver Mountain to ski or snowboard.

Are any of your children worth the cost of repairing the roads at $15 million, or is the cost of a set of studded snow tires too much? I think not! I believe that it is a small price to pay for the security of knowing your children may be safer, given their inexperience in winter driving conditions.

I drive to Silver Mountain 40-plus times a ski season on studded tires and will not change my opinion. Studded snow tires have saved my 64-year-old behind several times. What is the worth of your children or loved ones?

Chic Burge
Coeur d’Alene

Hey Chic Burge, I’ve been in the parking lot at Silver Mountain and there are thousands of other people who drive there too- without studs. Many of them in small cars without four wheel drive. Just saying.

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