The problems with the state ferry system can be traced back to a single source: Tim Eyman [“Lawmakers turn up the heat on troubled ferry system,” Local News, Aug. 19].
The people of this state blindly followed his dismantling of the state highway funding source. You want quality people, from deckhands through management, to run the system, it costs money.
New boats? More money. Maintain what you got? More money. They are part of the state highway system.
A solution: Divert money from other ongoing highway maintenance to fix and replace boats. Let’s take from, say, snow clearing on the mountain passes or highway maintenance in Eastern Washington. I don’t use the passes in winter and rarely go to Eastern Washington. Why should I pay for that stuff?
But I do use the ferries. A lot.
Paul Gotz, Port Angeles