I just finished reading your Oct. 9 article titled “Big money paves way in battle over I-745.” I must admit I had not heard about Tim Eyman’s latest scheme to help the rich and hurt the poor. I was appalled at the people of Washington state last year when Initiative 695 was passed, but chalked it up to people not being able to see past their pocketbooks to the bigger picture. I was recently talking with someone who saved $100 this year on renewing his car tabs, yet when his car had broken down on a weekend and he needed to get somewhere there were no buses available.
This new initiative makes no sense to me. Why would we want to give 90 percent of the transportation budget to road improvements? How would the people of Washington who cannot afford to drive to work everyday get to their jobs? How can we cut down on road congestion and pollution if there is less bus service?
I must admit I am one of those people who drive the Hewitt Avenue trestle everyday to work and hate the congestion. I would love to see real road improvements that make my commute easier, but taking away from our public transportation is not the way. I honestly cannot see how we can allow 90 percent of the transportation budget to go to road improvements when our public transportation is already very limited. Washington state voters please look beyond yourself this election year and think about the true impact this initiative will have on all of us. Vote no on I-745.
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