Cumberland Times-News


October 21, 2012

Bridge toll rate hike would hurt both businesses and citizens

I am writing this letter in response to the article “Bridge’s rates could rise” (Oct. 16 Times-News, Page 1A).

The citizens of Green Spring, W.Va. and Oldtown are in complete and utter disgust over the suggested rate increases. This high of an increase is going to cause massive problems for families and businesses in our community.

Our citizens cross this bridge often, many requiring to cross at it least twice a day in order to make a living, which is why many of us opt to pay the monthly ticket for the discounted rate.

At the new suggested rates, someone who travels the bridge twice a day five days a week will end up spending $15 dollars a week just to travel to work (which is more than the cost of the current monthly ticket).

In a year’s time it would cost us $780, which would not include any extra trips we may make to get groceries or anything else we may need in Cumberland.

Many of our citizens are on a fixed income and/or are elderly. We simply cannot afford this increase. The owner is stating that they are operating in “crisis mode.”

I would have to disagree with that. There have been no significant repairs made to the bridge in many years and the only improvements that have been made are the addition that has been made is the crossing arms and the security system.

Yes, it is a business and has overhead as any other, but with the amount of vehicles that cross that bridge, there are most definitely profits being made.

The businesses in our area will suffer tremendously, Green Spring Pub, the white Horse Saloon, the Oldtown VFW, and the school house kitchen, just to name a few.

These businesses are staples in our community and serve us for daily needs such as bread, milk, and other commodities.

Koppers Industry is by far the largest business in our community and many of their employees live right in Oldtown, which requires them to cross the bridge. For these individuals, it would cost them more to cross the bridge than it would in gas.

To say the least, our citizens are outraged. I am encouraging everyone to stand up and have their voice heard at the public meeting on Nov. 5.

 Elissa Foley

Green Spring, W.Va

Text Only
  • We concur We concur

    We’re certain that Donald Rumsfeld, who served as Secretary of Defense under Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush, echoes what many Americans feel about the complexity of filing income tax returns.
    When he filed his return, Rumsfeld sent the following letter to the Internal Revenue Service:

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • The first step The first step

    If all goes as planned, Frostburg State University will one day offer a doctorate in nursing, a physician’s assistant program and a new health sciences building on campus.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Where to look Where to look

    Drive anywhere in Maryland and it seems there is one highway construction project after another. While it is good to see our roads and bridges being upgraded, it can be nerve-wracking for anyone traveling a long distance.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Library week

    Public libraries remain one of the best uses of taxpayer dollars. They are open to all. Young or old, poor or wealthy, residents can use computers and read current magazines and newspapers. Compact discs featuring a wide variety of music and
    movies on DVD may be checked out in addition to novels and other books.

    April 13, 2014

  • Sunday hunting Sunday hunting

    Legislation that increases hunting oppportunities on Sundays in Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties has passed the Maryland General Assembly and reached the governor’s desk.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • One cannot compromise on God’s word

    A recent letter asked, “What is it about compromises that seem so undesirable?” Most of us are familiar with John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The next verse goes on to say, “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him”

    April 13, 2014

  • Ballpark project a partnership, not a government handout

    To the Editor:
    Regarding Mark Nelson’s recent objection to county government assistance to exploring the placement of a minor league baseball team in the Cumberland region, I would answer that the project should be considered a partnership between private enterprise and government. The private support would come by way of donations collected from local citizens, currently banked through the Dapper Dan Club.

    April 13, 2014

  • Editorial Cartoon Editorial Cartoon

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Decriminalizing marijuana lines pockets of drug cartel

    Has the Maryland government decided they like contributing to the drug cartel? Their new decriminalization of marijuana does nothing but line the pockets of the cartel.

    April 11, 2014

  • Speed cameras Speed cameras

    We’ve never been big fans of speed cameras, primarily for two reasons. First, because the cameras are not always accurate, and secondly because many jurisdictions seem to create revenue by installing cameras and issuing high numbers of speeding tickets.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo