Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

November 17, 2012

Users of Oldtown Toll Bridge should be willing to pay more

Everybody wants a raise. They want a cost of living raise every year. The price of everything is going up, up, up. I remember Marlboros at 50 cents a pack. I remember when you could get five loaves of bread for a buck. Milk used to be 95 cents a gallon.

But, everybody wants more money, and to get that money, the price of everthing goes up. Fuel costs, labor costs, lumber and screws costs go up. Anyone that shops on a regular basis knows this.

The Oldtown Toll Bridge has not had a rate increase since 1993. The cost of repairs and upkeep has increased about 300 percent in the last 20 years. The owners have asked for a rate increase, from 50 cents each way to $2 each way, and initial approval looks like it will be $1.50 each way. That is a 200 percent increase. I think they should have gotten a “cost of living” increase to match the price of repair and upkeep.

I use the toll bridge on a regular basis. My children and my camp are on the other side. My husband’s job and family are on the other side. I don’t like the thought of having to pay more, but I will. I understand economics. The bridge is a business, like any other. Now there is talk of closing it, because of all the people who want everything, but don’t want to pay for it.

I’d rather pay $1.50 each way than go all the way around. I’d rather pay $1.50 each way than to see the bridge closed. Some, it would seem, would rather make a fuss and lose it all together than just accept the fact that everything costs more, for everybody, including the bridge owners. So suck it up and be thankful that there is a bridge, before it becomes “bad business” to keep it open. There are still some of us who still find the bridge “cost effective” in time and money, and we would like to continue to use it!

And, yes, my husband works across the bridge, for one of the owners, and contrary to some people’s belief, he also pays the toll.

Rita Glaze

Oldtown

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