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Some depend on WRTA; everyone should support it



Published: Tue, October 21, 2008 @ 12:00 a.m.

Some depend on WRTA; everyone should support it

I’m writing to urge the voters of Mahoning County to support Issue 8, the WRTA initiative that ensures essential funding to a public transportation system that provides 1.3 million plus rides per year for a growing number of county residents. The working poor, elderly and disabled who don’t or can’t drive cars depend on WRTA to get to work, job interviews and training, doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, even school and numerous other places. In this country of God-fearing people we have always made provisions for the most vulnerable among us; a yes vote on Issue 8 means respect for our elderly and greater self-sufficiency for the poorest among us.

Aside from being the just thing to do, supporting WRTA Issue 8 is in the best interest of everyone concerned. To start with, bus service will now include people living in all the suburbs and outlying areas of the county. The elderly and disabled will obtain a greater degree of independence, and those who struggle trying to eke out a living on minimum wage pay, or thereabouts, will have increased job opportunities with the reinstatement of evening and Saturday bus routes. (How could anyone function in daily life without being able to travel in the evenings and on Saturday?)

By ensuring public transportation for those who need it we limit their reliance on society and give them the necessary means to conduct their business and their lives. So many of us come from faith backgrounds that champion the well being, and dignity of the marginalized, here’s a chance to put our religious convictions into practice. For a quarter percent sales tax (not property tax), that’s 25 cents on a hundred dollar purchase, we can make sure that those who pay the same taxes the rest of us do for roads, bridges, traffic lights, etc., actually get to make use of them.

The sense of fairness that our ancestors passed on to us, and the simple goodness we learned in our homes from our parents call us to do whatever it takes to support a service that is as basic as food and clothing in a capitalist society. This is not a matter of charity but about doing the right thing; an opportunity to safeguard the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for the powerless, even when times are tough for us all.

A yes vote on Issue 8 allows us to be good neighbors and make sure that our democracy is working for everyone.

TERRY VICARS

Boardman

Let casinos or payday lenders flourish or fail naturally; it’s the way capitalism works

EDITOR:

The Vindicator doesn’t still set type by hand or use a Gutenberg printing press to publish, does it? Like most, you benefit from the fruits of capitalism. Why then do you feel compelled to deny two industries the opportunity to make a buck and create jobs?

Nobody is forced to use a payday lender, yet you support legislating them out of the state. What is wrong with a little personal responsibility and not treating the citizenry like they are brainless?

Casino’s and gambling are everywhere but here. What do we know that the others don’t? A company wants to create a lot of jobs in Ohio and you want to discourage this in the name of morality. It makes no sense.

Neither of these industries has asked the government for subsidies or tax breaks of any sort. Yet you go out of your way along with others to give General Motors huge tax credits, abatements and low interest loans to continue losing billions of dollars.

Let’s support a free economy for all and let the general population decide for themselves how to spend their own money. And where were you when I was charged the equivalent of $50 per gallon for a beer this summer at an Indians game?

TIM RYAN

Newton Falls


Comments

1metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

yeah that makes no sense a everyone support a few people. sorry but majority always overrides what a few people want.

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2tclint48(8 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

the letter to the editor makes a good case for a yes vote on issue 8.

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3Bull_Chip(170 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

“By ensuring public transportation for those who need it we limit their reliance on society”

OK, and by taxing uninvolved parties the cost is no being put on society?

The platitudes proffered in this tome may sound nice, but there has been no accounting for the expenses involved with the current operation of the WRTA. Further, there has been no detailed plan presented for the expenditures of additional revenues generated should the levy pass.

No, as been oft times stated before, this is just a political patronage money grab. The only people who might vote for the levy are those who actually use the existing service and those who currently pay property taxes to support it.

The only issue the writer of this letter to the editor left out was ‘from each by their ability, to each by their need’. Socialism and communism are not justifications for the taxation of the unwilling and uninvolved!

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4apollo(1227 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

No on all new taxes! Only pass the renewals.

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