Tolls may annoy, but they provide necessary service

An editorial from The Register-Herald

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Even when we disagree with a policy position, we respect politicians who find a cause to champion and remain resolute in their support through thick and thin — especially when the end result brings real, tangible results to the people back home.

Such is the case with Delegate Marty Gearheart, R-Mercer, who has long fought to have tolls on the West Virginia Turnpike eliminated. It is not an entirely unreasonable idea.

 Now, heading into a new year, Gearheart is running in the same lane. He told the Parkways Authority at its most recent meeting that he will once again introduce legislation that will give “some obvious direction toward that eventual date in 2019 (when bonds for the turnpike are scheduled to be paid off) so this board and the Division of Highways know where we are going.”

So, yes, we applaud Gearheart for remaining true to his bearings; we just can’t support this push…


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