Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 16, 2013

Blue Ribbon Commission insulting

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — Well here we go again. Another Blue Ribbon Commission meeting. If I remember the last time the tolls came up as the topic in Charleston, the bond was to be paid off in 2019.

 Now really did we think this would eliminate the tolls? Of course not. Now the “Blue Ribbon Commission” is not only trying to refinance the bond to raise more money for highways, but also raise the tolls relative to inflation.

First of all when the feds stop all of their tricks to keep the economy from sinking, we will have double digit inflation within one year. Has to happen. But to continue the tolls which for the most part is a burden on southern West Virginia to maintain all state roads is another insult to us.

We all agree that our roads need significant funds to maintain. Particularly the turnpike. By the way my wife has driven to Beckley every day for 23 years to work. We spend more on front-end alignments than car insurance. How about this — let’s put a toll booth 88 miles from Charleston on I-64, and I-77/79. Place all the money generated from all tolls into the highway department to maintain all roads. Fair is fair.

I’m so excited to look forward to this suggestion being entertained.

Mike Eades

Princeton WV