Letter writer William Smith, who calls opponents of the proposed gas tax increase "whiners," had better take a look at how our taxes never seem to be used for the purposes they are assessed ("Gas tax brings out whiners," Oct. 19). If he thought about it, he might change his mind. Government waste is a bigger issue.
I agree that our roads are in terrible condition. But how come jurisdictions such as Baltimore County spend money on "traffic calming" projects — islands and speed humps in the middle of two-lane residential streets — instead of repairing or paving those streets?
I thought "traffic calming" was supposed to be accomplished by speed limits and enforcement. Could it be these politicians own or have friends in the concrete and asphalt business?
As for Mr. Smith's comment on Social Security, one only need to look at one's pay stub (if one is employed) to see that you and your employer split the Social Security tax. This is not free money given to retirees but money they paid into the system over their entire working lives.
Calling conservatives "whiners" is like the pot calling the kettle black. Get real.