Rising Narrows Bridge toll rates don’t have to be the norm
Thank you, Larry Seaquist, for your guest column on Narrows Bridge tolling. You brought together a history that I had not quite realized, that this highway project is the only one in our state being financed 100 percent by its users, US.
Costs of newer mega-projects such as the 520 bridge and the downtown Seattle tunnel are being shared by the taxpayers across the state through gas taxes and minimal tolling.
Fairness would revert the Narrows Bridge expenses to being funded in large part like these other projects, i.e., reducing tolls and relieving the burden currently borne predominantly by citizens west of the Narrows.
Larry shows that raising Narrows toll rates does not have to be the norm. Our leaders can reverse the tolls and shift much more of the expense to statewide sources with small impact to that budget — way less impact than to the pocketbooks of Peninsula people under the current arrangement.
Marsha J. Williams
Students should learn to clean up after themselves
I have contacted the Peninsula School District and Gig Harbor High School about all the trash in the Gig Harbor High School parking lot. They said they would look into it, they would deal with it, blah, blah, blah. I even asked if parents can come clean up if there is not enough staff or budget, and no answer. I asked if students can clean it up, especially a student who got in trouble ... no answer.
I park in the school parking lot a few times a week to watch my grandkids practice and every time I am there, the parking lot looks like a dump. I was at the Purdy dump and it was cleaner than the parking lot at Gig Harbor High. Why not put in garbage cans around the parking lot? Last week things really were bad. My wife slid on an old piece of fruit almost to the point she was on the ground, there was a dog eating out of a Styrofoam food box and there was garbage everywhere. The landscaping in the back of the buildings is full of weeds and looks shabby. I am elderly, I am a taxpayer and I am mad. Is there no pride in the staff, parents or student body at Gig Harbor High School? Why would I support future bonds or levies if this is how district buildings are being treated?