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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 donít 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. Iíve got the luxury of my choice.

ďIím betting that the vast majority of those Ďthree percentersí have a choice. Yet, they need to get around as much as the rest of us do, and itís a municipalityís duty to provide for them.

But letís revert to that writerís 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 donít use libraries, should you get a rebate? I donít 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 havenít even gone into the environmental benefits of public transport.

By the way, Iím one of those seasonal ďvagabonds,Ē 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 Ė over 250 vehicles off the road for about 1,000 miles.

John De Francis
Safety Harbor
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