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September 27, 2008 at 1:39 PM

Initiative 985: Trust Tim Eyman

We should not underestimate the wisdom of initiative guru Tim Eyman’s solution to traffic congestion [“Eyman warns DOT,” page one, Sept. 24].

Under his proposed Initiative 985, all carpool lanes will be opened to all drivers during nonpeak hours. (If it’s “nonpeak,” where is the need?)

If I-985 is approved by the voters, surely we can expect peak-period ticketing for inadvertent violations to skyrocket. Is I-985 really a well-targeted budget proposal to render the State Patrol fiscally independent? No new taxes, just fines. Depending on the degree of driver confusion and ticketing, we might even have here a solution to the overall state budget deficit!

Keep a trusting eye on Eyman. Beneath the surface, this armchair expert is not really on a vendetta against the state Department of Transportation.

— Peter D. Beaulieu, Shoreline

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