Re: "Life is about choices, island dwellers" (letter, 1-21).
The writer seems to imply that Anderson Island residents should be paying more (or all) of the costs to operate the Pierce County ferry.
The sharing of tax dollars is basic to our country's transportation system. Consider that the federal government shares tax dollars with the state in the construction of highways. Without that sharing arrangement, all of us - regardless of where we live - would be driving on totally inadequate interstate highways.
Should tolls be put on all highways so that road users might participate in the construction and maintenance of those highways, even though they pay taxes to both the state and federal government?
I suspect the actual tax cost to the writer's household to support Pierce County ferries is about $5 a year. As for us, our fares increase every year and we pay those same taxes as the rest. If you had to pay $20 in fares just to go to the doctor or the supermarket, you might see our point of view more clearly.
In a society as polarized as ours is, it might be wise to spend time thinking about how we consider the needs of others around us.