2010-08-13 / Letters

Rescind This Tax Chairman Walder

The letter was originally sent to Jay H. Walder, Chair and CEO, and to all 22 MTA Board Members. Dear Editor,

Nowhere in America— among 300 million people and across 43,000 zip codes— do people pay to travel within their own zip code.

Why do you and your entire Board propose to do so here in the Rockaways?

Americans nowhere but here are taxed and tolled to go to their precinct or firehouse; to drop in on their local post office; to take their kids to the local public school; to see their doctor or dentist; to worship at their local church or Shul.

Your proposal to tax us within our own neighborhood, our own zip code, is widely irresponsible.

It is certainly true and undeniable that the MTA has an $800 million spending problem. Cut your spending. Don’t cut off our link to our doctors, our schools, our hospital, our churches and temples, our cops, our firehouses.

Your Authority spends way too much, as my attached commentary printed in the July 15, 2010 Wave points out. Seek efficiencies in your own house, not ours.

Rescind this tax immediately.

PETE STUBBEN

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