Re­mem­ber who pays for ru­ral roads

RE: Taxes are chok­ing ru­ral res­i­dents (Feb. 3)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

The let­ter writer echoes a com­mon com­plaint: “Why do I pay taxes to ben­e­fit some­one else?” One agree­ment we make with each other when liv­ing in a democ­racy is that some of our trea­sure will be pooled to sup­port a greater good.

So while gas taxes may be “pun­ish­ing ru­ral cit­i­zens”, re­mem­ber that as you drive 15 min­utes to reach food, doc­tor, etc., you could never af­ford to pay your­self for the kilo­me­tres of high­ways you are driv­ing on. Taxes you, I, and ev­ery other On­tar­ian pay have paid for the roads we all use to go some­where else and back. In ru­ral ar­eas, the bulk of road costs are paid for by the far greater num­ber of peo­ple who live in ur­ban ar­eas. As the adage says: “be care­ful what you wish for.” Perry Bowker, Burling­ton

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