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July 21, 2013

Your view: Letters to the editor

Governor’s disingenuous amendment to Transportation Bill

To the editor:

The House of Representatives rejected the governor’s call for additional and automatic gas tax increases above what is currently proposed in the Legislative Transportation Bill for very good reason.

The governor’s disapproval of the legislative transportation package stems from his belief that not enough funding is being appropriated to expand public transportation at this time. I say, and many of my colleagues have said, that we need to focus on repairing deficient roads and bridges and require more reforms at the MBTA that will force the MBTA to spend money appropriated by the Legislature for capital improvements on capital improvements, as opposed to personnel costs.

The fundamental disagreement between the Legislature and the governor regarding the balance between investing in new and additional public transportation, versus fixing what is broken and unsafe, is a healthy and welcome debate.

However, the governor is now hiding behind an amendment he submitted that is disingenuous, an amendment that claims Massachusetts transportation funding will be seriously impacted when the Massachusetts Turnpike tolls expire in 2017. Transportation officials and elected officials know that the tolls on the Pike, by law, will need to remain in place for maintenance of that roadway.

For the governor to hold up a good bill that provides a large and needed increase to every city and town in the Commonwealth for local road repair and that focuses on repairing roads and bridges in need of repair to maintain public safety is not in the public interest. The construction season is short and cities and towns need this funding immediately.

Linda Campbell

Methuen

State representative, 15th Essex District

Left’s hatred fueled case against Zimmerman

To the editor:

The Left has a problem. After investing all it had into portraying George Zimmerman as the poster boy for rampant racism in the U.S., thus distracting from the violence in the black community caused by family-destroying liberal policies, a Florida jury found that George Zimmerman was neither the aggressor nor an intentional killer.

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