Letters to the Editor

Why subsidize Boeing workers?

I wonder, is Martha Rose or any of her Island Transit Board group have ever entertained the idea of eliminating the fleet of “ride share” vans. It would make a lot of sense to a vast majority of the lower paid common wage earners. These vans are provided to Boeing workers who make much more than the common worker.

Taxpayers, all of us, are footing the bill to provide their transportation to and from work. We buy the vans, pay the insurance, buy the “ride share” plates, pay for the maintenance, and more — including ahead of the line at the ferries. Our service personnel would love to be given this same service, Navy personnel who earn much less than the Boeing workers. And the service men and women cannot go on strike to obtain even higher wages when so desired.

These “ride share” vans dot the parking lots of Albertsons, Kmart, the ride share lot north of town and at some driver’s homes. I would be willing to bet that very, very few (at the best 2 percent) of 2008s 1,167,500 passengers were from the “ride share” van group.

A small group enjoying the good life at the expense of the taxpayers. Do away with this freebie group and no tax increase would be needed.

I do not believe that Island Transit service should be free. When people get things free it’s never ending; they want more freebies. The service to many could very well be provided by doing with much fewer Boeing “ride share” vans ­— the well-paid few.

I have heard many good comments on the paratransit service and I do believe that it should remain free.

I am one of the 1,167,500 (2008) riders that will vote no on the tax increase. A yes vote will only help those few privileged even more.

Raymond L. Eberth

Oak Harbor

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