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Letter: Senate does the right thing

Congratulations to the New Hampshire Senate for finally voting to address the woefully under-funded roads of New Hampshire. I must say, though, I do not really see what the big controversy about increasing the gas tax has been.

By my calculations, a car owner who drives 12,000 miles per year with a car that gets 25 miles per gallon would spend an additional $19.20 per year under a 4-cent per gallon increase. A front end alignment resulting from the ever-multiplying potholes on our current bad roads averages $70. I think that this 37 cents per week tax is affordable by any driver; not sure about the alignment.

The lack of commitment to our roads over the past several years will not in the end save money but, in fact, cost much more. Every year that a poor road is passed over for improvement results in geometrical increases to the inevitable cost of improving it later. A gas tax is the ultimate user fee, and the most expeditious option for making New Hampshire drivable again, and I urge the New Hampshire House to approve it.

CHRISTOPHER KANE

Concord

It will cost us a lot more than the additional cost of gas when you add in the additional cost of everything else that takes gas to get from point A to point B.

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