Complaining about unreasonable taxes is the American way

In William Smith's Readers Respond comments ("Gas tax brings out whiners," Oct. 19), he opines that the conservatives are "whiners" and "overgrown babies" by objecting to just about everything, especially an increase in the gas tax. Surely Mr. Smith remembers his American history class that discussed the many events leading up to the Revolutionary War, one of which included the citizens of Boston objecting to the unreasonable Tea Tax imposed by the controlling government. The Key word to the Boston objection is unreasonable. No whiners or overgrown babies in Boston.

The citizens of Maryland (liberals, conservatives, independents) have rightfully resisted any further gas taxes because the King of Maryland State Government has not been able to justify the increases as reasonable. And this lack of justification continues with The Sun's reporting ("O'Malley weighing rise in gas tax," Oct. 18) that Governor O'Malley said he is considering raising the gas tax because "business leaders agree the state should work on a backlog of important capital projects." That statement by Governor O'Malley gives me no comfort that the "reasonable" standard has been reached.

With all the past raiding by the state government on the transportation trust fund to shore up Maryland's budget shortfalls, without detailing exactly what projects are in an emergency need to be fixed now, and why there is not enough money or why we can't put on hold the less important projects, I see no reason to raise the gas tax.

Ron Wirsing, Havre de Grace

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
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