Neither Robert Berman [“Eliminating the Va. gas tax is a bad idea,” letters, Jan. 18] nor David Alpert [“The trouble with ditching the gas tax,” Local Opinions, Jan. 20] support eliminating the Virginia gas tax, and for good reasons, but each left out what, in my mind, should be a major factor in opposing this issue: the effect of this proposal on those of us who are retired and on fixed incomes.

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) wants to raise more money for transportation funding by doing away with the gas tax and raising the sales tax. My driving is limited; therefore, my consumption of gasoline is minimal. Eliminating the gas tax will have little benefit for me, while raising the sales tax will have a major effect. I am not opposed to raising revenue as we need to pay our way, but it shouldn’t be done on the backs of those least able to afford it.

Gene Nordgren, Fredericksburg