May 19, 2008
Link to original letter to editor
Fast foot-ferries deserve our support. Ferry service is best viewed as a public form of transportation that uses water highways rather than surface streets or rail lines.
Buses, light rail and trains are an efficient and ecological way of moving people just as passenger only ferries have proven. Public transportation systems require financial support from the communities they serve, otherwise they could not exist.
Would the majority of our citizens recommend discontinuing buses, etc. because they may not use them? Think of how congested our roads would become, our commerce would suffer or the isolation some might experience.
It might help non-ferry-users to consider the larger picture and public good. I may not use our county parks, libraries or public schools, but that does not mean they don't deserve my support.