Readers Write 9/3

TRANSPORTATION

‘Gas tax’ makes more sense as funding option

The proposed penny special purpose local option sales tax is an inappropriate mechanism for funding transportation capital growth, operations and maintenance of Georgia DOT services. The “big picture” movement of people and materiel through Georgia is all Georgia DOT’s responsibility. Successful tax support for transportation demands that there be a one-to-one relationship between the tax’s revenue bases and the bases of expenses being incurred by the transportation sector.

A generally inclusive penny SPLOST does not address this most basic need for sensibility, stability and accountability in a funding system for the integrated system of transportation envisioned for the Peach State.

A tax based on energy consumed by mode of transportation is a “gas tax.” Adoption of a gas tax can provide a much closer, yet extremely flexible, correlation between cause and effect in meeting the transport funding needs of Georgia.

Jan David Jubon, Buford

HEALTH CARE

Will our new system create delay after delay?

I am the custodian of a veteran who is drawing medical benefits. I was recently advised by a Veterans Affairs representative that he had been referred for further testing in March (of this year) and he was calling to schedule the appointment. We were never advised further testing was being scheduled. When I commented about this delay, I was informed some had been on the waiting list since December 2009. Is this what we can expect when ObamaCare is fully implemented?

Kenneth C. Dunn, Powder Springs

POLITICS

Bucking administration is Price’s real problem

Tom Price represents me. That answers the question posed in the article about Price’s alleged ethics violation (“Inquiry urged for Rep. Price,” News, Sept. 1).

Price’s real violation is bucking the “ethics” of Chicago thugs. Someone once said that “all honor’s wounds are self-inflicted,” and in this light, the Obama administration walks through our nation’s capital unscathed, while hurting those representing the true interests of their constituents, like Price.

Greg Pyne, Dunwoody

EDUCATION

Evidence of cheating appears overwhelming

When John Fremer of Caveon Testing Security concludes, “APS test analysis was fair, rigorous” (Opinion, Aug. 31), he states: “Any contention that we jeopardized our personal and professional reputations to please a client has no basis in fact whatsoever.”

Based on an in-depth review by the Taxpayer Foundation of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement’s announcement of 256,779 wrong-to-right erasures in 58 Atlanta schools and of Kathleen Mathers’ slide presentation before the Georgia Board of Education; a careful reading of the APS Blue Ribbon Commission report; a second reading of the AJC’s cheating investigation series by Alan Judd and Heather Vogell; and attentively listening to the APS teachers, principals and administrators who have contacted the Taxpayers Foundation, I must conclude that Caveon has, in fact, jeopardized its reputation to please a client.

John S. Sherman, president, Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation