Top News

Islanders need toll deduction


As usual here on the Island, we greet the New Year with higher energy costs and what really irks me, higher bridge tolls. I am a long time supporter of the abolition of bridge tolls. They are an isolationist type of taxation and are counterproductive for all facets of our economy.

 

I guess it’s a pipe dream to see them gone but there is one thing the government can easily do for us in regard to the tolls. I understand that all commercial traffic that travels the bridge gets a tax deduction when they declare the bridge toll expense. The government can easily extend this income tax deduction to all Islanders and for that matter, to all travelers.

With a singe stroke of the pen, we could all receive this benefit. Because we live on this Island, we have to accept higher living costs and a fee to leave. The RCMP now wants to know when we escape the Island by sharing the license plate info collected on all who travel the bridge.

There is such a small number of Islanders and we have such a large population of drug dealers that we must all succumb to this invasion of our privacy. You would think that the RCMP would have caught all the drug dealers a long time ago.  Remember when a New Brunswick government lost an election because it wanted to impose highways tolls?

We have paid the price of tolls for long enough.

 

Graham Ayers,

Summerside

 

I guess it’s a pipe dream to see them gone but there is one thing the government can easily do for us in regard to the tolls. I understand that all commercial traffic that travels the bridge gets a tax deduction when they declare the bridge toll expense. The government can easily extend this income tax deduction to all Islanders and for that matter, to all travelers.

With a singe stroke of the pen, we could all receive this benefit. Because we live on this Island, we have to accept higher living costs and a fee to leave. The RCMP now wants to know when we escape the Island by sharing the license plate info collected on all who travel the bridge.

There is such a small number of Islanders and we have such a large population of drug dealers that we must all succumb to this invasion of our privacy. You would think that the RCMP would have caught all the drug dealers a long time ago.  Remember when a New Brunswick government lost an election because it wanted to impose highways tolls?

We have paid the price of tolls for long enough.

 

Graham Ayers,

Summerside

Recent Stories