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April 23, 2013 > Letter to the Editor: Pay, pay, pay

Letter to the Editor: Pay, pay, pay

Reporter K. Eisenia may "applaud all electronic tolls with go, go, go." Not me; I deplore them because now it's pay, pay, pay.

Pay to build the bridge
Pay for routinely maintaining the bridge
Pay to update the bridge
Pay to cross the bridge (and have every move tracked). And, wait for it - undoubtedly soon to come: pay to use an express lane to approach any bridge
Pay the cost of automatic toll technology
Pay the cost of automatic toll bookkeeping, including forwarding tickets to out-of-staters
Pay the hidden cost of now-unemployed toll-takers
Pay the cost of lost tourist revenues (Oregon travel is less annoying)
Oh, yes, and in one notorious instance, pay to celebrate a bridge

Sharon Brown

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