The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 20, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Saturday, April 20, 2013


Let Mercer, Raleigh counties vote on tolls



Mr. Seaver, you’re the pot calling the kettle black.

You’re attempting to sell us the same phony bill of goods using the same tired, useless, lame, sales pitch as every West Virginia Turnpike toll salesman that has preceded you.

The 11th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution forces our city, county, state and federal governments to be “open” to all except in the matters of national security.

The folks in Logan, McDowell, Mingo, and Wyoming counties can use Rt. 119 to do business with their “open” government.

The folks in Kanawha County know their roads and byways well enough to bypass the Turnpike.

The folks in Fayette County can use Rt. 61 to Rt. 60, Rt. 16 to Rt. 60, or just Rt. 60 to do business with their “open” government.

The folks in Greenbrier County can also easily use Rt. 60 to do business with their “open” government.

The truth be told, Mr. Seaver, the folks in Mercer and Raleigh counties are the only folks that have to use the West Virginia Turnpike to do business with our “open” West Virginia government.

It is now a well-known fact that if a person from Bluefield or Princeton wants to shop at one of the stores in the Beckley area, they can exit the Turnpike at the Ghent exit to avoid tolls.

I believe that the tolls are a large part of the reason why traffic is so bad on Ritter Drive through Daniels and Beaver and I also believe that the tolls are a large part of the reason for the traffic being so snarled on Eisenhower Drive. If the tolls were removed, those from the Bluefield and Princeton areas could take what is also known as I-77 to the North Beckley exit, relieving traffic on our roads.

I have an idea, Mr. Seaver, I realize it may be well beyond your limited life experiences, but let’s give this a try anyway.

The mid-term elections will soon be here, why not hold a referendum ballot on the issue and the only counties that are allowed to vote on the referendum are Mercer and Raleigh. You present your side and I’ll present my side, but I think that the West Virginia Parkways Authority is already shaking in their collective boots.

Gator Williams

Beckley