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April 22, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Why vote to approve King County Prop. 1, despite its flaws

Gabriel Campanario / Seattle Times

Proposition 1 has its faults (for me mostly because of the regressiveness of the sales-tax component), but I am voting for it anyway.

Some fine day the state Legislature will pass a statewide transportation package, but until then we need this money to maintain the current level of service.

Without it, former bus-riders who would drive to work would increase congestion on the highways and streets, making it more difficult and costly for local businesses to move goods around. People who can’t afford cars would be impeded from traveling to work, school, stores or anywhere else.

If The Seattle Times has concerns about “unsustainable cost structure and management practices,” [“No on Prop. 1,” Opinion, April 19] fine, but let Metro address those issues going forward, while keeping routes running.

I disagree with cutting costs on the backs of the drivers. True, nowadays most folks contribute to their insurance premiums, often enough to the point of hardship. I pay plenty myself in addition to Medicare, but I do not begrudge the drivers their decent pay and excellent insurance packages.

This important job takes superior driving skills, plus the patience and tact required when dealing full-time with the public. Because Metro still pays well, it can hire from a sizable pool of competent applicants.

Judy DeLaittre, Seattle

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