February 27, 2013

This may come as a shock to Wayne Thomson [“The effect of Virginia’s roads deal,” letters, Feb. 26], as well as to the governor of Virginia, but hybrids still use internal-combustion engines, and their owners still buy gasoline to power them. Yet somehow the governor and people such as Mr. Thomson believe that the owners of hybrids should be penalized because their cars get better gas mileage than most other cars.

By that logic, the owners of conventionally powered cars such as the Ford Fusion should also be penalized with an annual fee, because these cars get much better mileage than the 20 miles per gallon Mr. Thomson suggests.

We could take this logic even further. Why not tack on a fee to low-income people, since they obviously are not spending as much as higher-income people and not paying as much sales tax? People in less expensive homes aren’t contributing as much property tax as people in expensive homes. The possibilities are endless.

Incidentally, I’ll pay about $55 in gasoline tax this year for my hybrid, so with the added fee, I’ll be subsidizing Mr. Thomson’s gas-guzzler. How’s that for fairness?

John P. Hassinger, Fredericksburg

Wayne Wolfersburger [letters, Feb. 26] suggested that one who does not drive or drives very little should not have to help pay for the roads. Does he have any idea how his groceries get delivered to the grocery store? How his clothing gets to the department store? The answer is trucks. If a commuter rides the bus, he or she is using the roads. Everyone should help pay for our transportation infrastructure.

Dave Ackerman, Vienna