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There are 74 comments on the Newsday story from Aug 6, 2007, titled Raise gastax to fund bridge, road repairs -. In it, Newsday reports that:

Unlike most airplane crashes or other man-made disasters, bridge collapses aren't usually the result of split-second decisions by harried individuals - to skip a required safety inspection, to descend to the ...

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I Have His Wallet

White Plains, NY

#1 Aug 6, 2007
This is the best you idiots could come up with?! More taxes!!! Was this written by politicians? Why don't you do some brain storming and come up with more ideas before you waste ink?! If I am not mistaken, the tolls were originally levied to pay for the various bridges, roadways, etc., but the greeding politicians used that money for other things. I would imagine that if even a tenth of the tolls collected during the history of the Tappan Zee had been set aside, a new bridge could be paid for with no additional outlays.
Bangkok Bill

Bangkok, Thailand

#2 Aug 6, 2007
They should slap a dollar a gallon tax on gas.This will pay for everything and make the gas wasting public think before they drive.Will pay of the debt TOO!!!!!

BWG

“Cogito ergo sum”

Since: May 07

Irmo

#3 Aug 6, 2007
Well that's no surprise. With reductions in State funding and Federal funding the politicians have to cut the budget somewhere. Guess they thought a 40 year old bridge, that was identified 5 years earlier could wait. So, let's do the obovious, add a tax to gasoline and cigarettes, while we are at it. Build some new brides, repair a few others, leave the taxes in place for years and then slowly but surely drain the funds off into the general fund for those little pet pork projects they all love. Of course the fact that the 12-20 million illegal aliens running around this country and that little war is costing us billions is beside the point. Not to mention those pay raises the fellow in Washington gave themselves. Man are we in trouble here. We got a Do Nothing Congress and an idiot in the White House who wakes up in the morning and thinks he's LBJ.
hmmmmmm

Bronx, NY

#4 Aug 6, 2007
The War In Iraq Costs $449,611,713,976

Sure could build a whole lot of them thar bridges with them dollars eh Georgie?
VoteVets org

Pearl River, NY

#5 Aug 6, 2007
http://www.greasecar.com/

Who Killed the Electric Car? New Documentary Looks at the Mysterious Disappearance of the EV-1
http://tinyurl.com/ysmbvn
Friday, April 13th, 2007

General Motors has been at the center of one of the nation's largest controversies over clean emissions-cars. In 1996 the company introduced the EV-1 electric car in California and Arizona. Hundreds of the electric cars were soon on the road. Then they all disappeared. The mystery behind their disappearance is the subject of the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” We’re joined by the film’s director Chris Paine, and Chelsea Sexton, a former GM employee who worked on the EV-1 electric car.
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl...
Mike

United States

#6 Aug 6, 2007
Let me understand this. It costs $8 bucks to cross your fancvy NY bridges yet according to AAA of NY, almost 80% of that money goes to help pay for mass transit (ie buses, trains). The money is there, it just isn't being spent where it should be. Sure go ahead and raise your taxes. More of you will leave for the south like I did. - Queens native
Bill

New York, NY

#7 Aug 6, 2007
I was under the impression that some of the taxes we pay for fuel now is suppose to pay for road upkeep. Maybe I'm delusional. If our elected officials would stop mis-appropriating the funds for pet projects, maybe we would have safe bridges and roads.
VoteVets org

Pearl River, NY

#8 Aug 6, 2007
Friday, August 3rd, 2007
Following Minnesota Bridge Collapse, New Scrutiny for Nation’s Ever-Privatizing Roads
http://tinyurl.com/2xr65u

In the wake of Wednesday's fatal bridge collapse over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, the condition of the nation's highway system is coming under increased scrutiny. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates it would take nearly $190 billion to fix more than 70,000 bridges deemed “structurally deficient.” Declining public funding has raised concerns governent officials are preparing for the privatization of roads. We speak with James Ridgeway and Daniel Schulman, authors of the Mother Jones article "The Highwaymen: Why You Could Soon Be Paying Wall Street Investors, Australian Bankers and Spanish Builders for the Privilege of Driving on American Roads." [includes rush transcript] http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl...

Since: Feb 07

New York, NY

#9 Aug 6, 2007
???Raise the......*sputers and chokes*

Raise the?!?!?!*chokes some more*

ARE YOU IN - FREAKING - BLOODY - SANE?!?!

New York has some of the hightest highway taxes in the country, averaging about 20 cents on the gallon and you are proposing to raise the taxes???

Raising taxes without an analysis of exactly why the bridge fell is not going to help at all. Find out why it happened and then decide what is needed, but to knee jerk and raise taxes or even propose it as a "solution" is ludicris and shows a degree or astounding ignorance.

Why raise the taxes if it was say, a poorly implimentedrepair process alone?
Bill

Brooklyn, NY

#10 Aug 6, 2007
More taxes! That's beautiful. Find out where all the money we currently pay is going and I'm sure that should cover it. Typical liberal jibberish, tax more, throw more money at the problem, hire more and more people to do less and less. Create more beaucracy and inefficiency and you have the perfect socialist state Newsday longs for.
Bill

New York, NY

#11 Aug 6, 2007
Mike wrote:
Let me understand this. It costs $8 bucks to cross your fancvy NY bridges yet according to AAA of NY, almost 80% of that money goes to help pay for mass transit (ie buses, trains). The money is there, it just isn't being spent where it should be. Sure go ahead and raise your taxes. More of you will leave for the south like I did.- Queens native
How is the weather down there? Do you miss Queens at all?
Displaced Sabres Fan

Albany, NY

#12 Aug 6, 2007
Hey hmmmmmm...

By all means...Stop fighting the war on terror and I guarantee you we will not need to worry about the bridges anymore. We will all be crossing that big bridge in the sky...

Gotta love the liberal newspapers. Got a problem? Raise taxes. Got no problems? raise taxes. Karl Marx would be proud.

I'm still waiting for them to remove the tolls on the Thruway. That was supposed to have happened 10 years ago.
Newman

United States

#13 Aug 6, 2007
here's a "revolutionary" idea Newsday- and I am, by no means, smart enough to write newspaper editorials- how about using the money we already pay in gas taxes, highway taxes and tolls for their TRUE legislated purpose of highway infrastucture (roads and bridges) maintenance and replacement? Ever since Mario Cuomo eliminated the dedicated highway fund and put all that cash into the general fund, the roads and bridges in this state have deteriorated deplorably...once again we have been sold down the river...now the best idea you come up with is to raise the gas tax?
more taxes

Midland, TX

#14 Aug 6, 2007
Instead of raising taxes why not stop giving away money as aid to foreign contries or stop funding the UN. Maybe start using the gas taxes for the roads and bridges instead of all those other projects that have nothing to do with roads and bridges.
BILL

United States

#16 Aug 6, 2007
Bill wrote:
More taxes! That's beautiful. Find out where all the money we currently pay is going and I'm sure that should cover it. Typical liberal jibberish, tax more, throw more money at the problem, hire more and more people to do less and less. Create more beaucracy and inefficiency and you have the perfect socialist state Newsday longs for.
Bill to Bill don't be a fool this has nothing to do with liberals or conservatives this is the the mismanagement of hugh amounts of money that have been misappropriated by all politicians,don't think for one moment that this is going away, that easy, and how about that fool you have in NYC wanting to charge drivers for entering Manhattan below 86th street on rusg hour he's no liberal.Or have you forgotten his political affiliation.
Hilton Head

The Villages, FL

#17 Aug 6, 2007
Mike wrote:
Let me understand this. It costs $8 bucks to cross your fancvy NY bridges yet according to AAA of NY, almost 80% of that money goes to help pay for mass transit (ie buses, trains). The money is there, it just isn't being spent where it should be. Sure go ahead and raise your taxes. More of you will leave for the south like I did.- Queens native
The politicians are no better here in florida, as soon as we are offered a tax break the local government officials start crying and threaten us with service cuts to police, fire, and emergency services. The people need to get serious and clean house this coming election.
Bill

New York, NY

#19 Aug 6, 2007
BILL wrote:
<quoted text>Bill to Bill don't be a fool this has nothing to do with liberals or conservatives this is the the mismanagement of hugh amounts of money that have been misappropriated by all politicians,don't think for one moment that this is going away, that easy, and how about that fool you have in NYC wanting to charge drivers for entering Manhattan below 86th street on rusg hour he's no liberal.Or have you forgotten his political affiliation.
You and I agree on your assessment, it doesn't matter Demo. or Rep.. They all mismanage money and think tax payer's are a bottomless pit. But Bloomberg was a Democrat and only changed parties to get elected mayor of NYC. Now he is an Independent and wants to run for Pres.. Go figure.
Louis Maas

Vero Beach, FL

#20 Aug 6, 2007
why raise gas taxes? the present taxes were instituted to do precisely what you advocate. congress should use the present gas tax for the roads, not to give to their pet projects or the general fund.
Bill

Brooklyn, NY

#21 Aug 6, 2007
my point by using the term liberal was to point out Newsday's philosophy of raising taxes and throwing money at a problem without looking at the real cause. Bloomberg just dropped his affiliation to the republican party and now is officially an independant. One look at his record will show you he is liberal on social issues and perhaps fiscally conservative and tough on crime, Bloomberg is far from conservative. I think we can both agree it's a joke and yes the taxes should be spend on infrastructure improvement as they were originally designed to.
BILL wrote:
<quoted text>Bill to Bill don't be a fool this has nothing to do with liberals or conservatives this is the the mismanagement of hugh amounts of money that have been misappropriated by all politicians,don't think for one moment that this is going away, that easy, and how about that fool you have in NYC wanting to charge drivers for entering Manhattan below 86th street on rusg hour he's no liberal.Or have you forgotten his political affiliation.
TPS

Pittsburgh, PA

#22 Aug 6, 2007
When I go over a bridge, pay my EZ pass toll, get eye balled by a $90,000 a year Port Authority Police officer earning 50% over what a NYC office makes I cring! The bridge is a rusting embarassment full of pot holes. I waited in traffic, on roads that cant handle the number of cars. The bridge is rated obsolete, that is it cant handle the demand.
Yet we have gas taxes that are set aside for highways. We have tolls that were to pay for bridges and the bonds that built them decades ago. Authorities that just grow bigger and raise more debt. Yet still the bridges rust and crumble.
To bad the roads and briges can't vote. Politicians might just fix the bridges if they could vote. After all seems that they do anything to buy a vote!

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