April Fool

By Ryan McGreal
Published April 04, 2005

At first I thought it must be an April Fool's joke.

On the April 1 issue of the Hamilton Spectator, a letter writer complained about the city spending $6 million on new buses. "As a citizen who doesn't ride the bus, I ask why my taxes are being spent on busing other people around this city."

He went on to point out that the city didn't pay for his car and doesn't pony up for his gas or insurance.

I think it's high time the people riding public transit pay their own way like the rest of us. If the city needs new buses, let the riders bear the cost. They certainly don't shoulder my expenses. Why should I shoulder theirs?

If people had to pay the real cost for their transportation choices, this letter writer ("Let the riders buy new buses", April 1) would almost certainly do much less driving.

My property tax went up $500 last year to help subsidize a highway I'll never use. I don't see him offering to reimburse me.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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