Re: "Pierce to assess costs, benefits of island ferry" (TNT, 1-18).
It seems that the residents of Anderson Island do not feel it is fair to pay more for ferry service to and from their island. I think what is not fair is having 381,970 Pierce County residents subsidizing the transit service for 1,037 year-round residents of the island.
Life is about choices. If you choose to live on an island, then you should be responsible for paying for that privilege, including transportation cost.
I choose to live an hour from my place of employment and drive a car with a V8 engine, but you don't see me asking the taxpayers of Pierce County to subsidize my gas costs and wear and tear on my vehicle from sitting in rush-hour traffic.
If you don't like paying the costs of getting to and from your home on an island, here is a simple solution: Move off the island. I'm sure living on Anderson Island has many perks, but you have to take the bad with the good.