Regarding the Feb. 21 Metro article “Va. negotiators reach transportation deal”:

What were these lawmakers thinking? Owners of alternative-fuel automobiles already pay a premium when they buy their cars. Now this proposal would sock them with a $100 annual tax?

We buy these vehicles because of their reduced environmental impact, but this tax will discourage their sale. When the country is concerned with the economy, the environment, climate change and our dependence on fossil fuels and Mideast oil, why penalize those who are trying to do something about these problems?

Ronald E. Baker, Williamsburg