It’s good to see people debating and discussing the rising fuel costs on the street and in the media (News, “Higher Gas Prices,” May 21-28). I commend NUVO and the local professors for pointing out that the gas tax holiday would be a bad idea. Even the business-friendly Wall Street Journal recently mentioned the fact that we may be running out of crude oil. As oil depletion enters the public’s consciousness then we can face the reality that we are at the end of the era of cheap oil and all that it has supported the past few decades: suburbia, strip malls, cheap airfare vacations and SUVs. Light rail is only part of the solution to a “peak oil” world. Bold, revolutionary actions need to be taken by politicians such as placing a toll on commuters who drive an SUV. The government could tax the amount of miles we drive annually forcing people to rethink about driving to the grocery store for a gallon of milk. A carbon tax would be much better than gas holiday tax. Indeed, we would be well on our way to implementing a light rail system in the Indianapolis metro area with the money that was spent on building the new Lucas Oil Stadium, while Gov. Daniels’ “Major Moves” program could have helped fund a regional light rail system instead of building more highways. Traveling from point A to point B can become more efficient if we set our priorities. Four-dollar gasoline will urge us off the highways and forward to light rail trains.

Doug Smiley

Whitestown

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