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December 14, 2012

A worthy effort to replace tollbooths

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If there is a piece of the governor’s plan that we don’t like, it is the fact that once again the door has been left open to install tolls on major highways such as I-93 and at the state borders. Imagine the gridlock we would encounter if the state were to install tollbooths on the Massachusetts border on I-95 or near Salisbury. What a step backward that would be.

In a better world, highway tolls would be banned. They create congestion, delay and air pollution, and too often put a black splotch on a weekend getaway. They are a holdover from man’s ancient past when kingdoms and empires did not have sophisticated tools to collect taxes. We have those tools today, but tolls continue to linger on, long after those kingdoms and empires have crumbled to dust.

We hope for that better world, but in the real world, we’ll accept a more efficient way to collect tolls.

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