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Light rail: for the common good
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Editor:
The writer of a recent letter wonders why the 97 percent of Pinellas County residents who don’t use public transportation would have to pay an extra penny in sales tax to subsidize the 3 percent who do use public transport.

Although I have a car and have been a member of AAA for many years, I often prefer to hop on a bus or even buses to get around. I’ve got the luxury of my choice.

“I’m betting that the vast majority of those ‘three percenters’ have a choice. Yet, they need to get around as much as the rest of us do, and it’s a municipality’s duty to provide for them.

But let’s revert to that writer’s point of view. Perhaps bus riders, for example, should get a rebate on their taxes, because why should they pay for the continual maintenance, repair, construction of roads and streets and highways they hardly use?

If you don’t use libraries, should you get a rebate? I don’t have kids in school, so why should I pay taxes toward schools?

At some point, we suck it up for the common good, and I haven’t even gone into the environmental benefits of public transport.

By the way, I’m one of those seasonal “vagabonds,” as the letter said, who pays his real estate and sales taxes gladly (well, sort of,) for the privilege of being down here.

Plus, I took the auto train – over 250 vehicles off the road for about 1,000 miles.

John De Francis
Safety Harbor
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