Wednesday, May 09, 2012

PAT LTE in Trib from Nick

As a Port Authority of Allegheny County patron who doesn't own a car and is also a libertarian, I can summarize the situation with the Port Authority as follows: All eyes and hopes are on state government to take money from other people throughout Pennsylvania and give it to the Port Authority so that we won't be forced to pay the true costs of transit in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

It's a balled-up mess for the following reasons:

• The unions have forced the Port Authority to pay its employees salaries that the transit agency does not want to pay and that could not be had in a situation without politicians forcing the agency to accept union demands.

• The Port Authority is expected to serve sparsely populated suburban areas, which cannot be done economically.

• The suburban and rural areas in the state could not survive without state and federal subsidies for their infrastructure and amenities, those subsidies being tax dollars coming from densely populated areas.

The only sustainable solution is stop all subsidies to everyone. All subsidies (taking money from one person and giving it to another) are immoral and must stop in a free society. Then we will see where people live and how they spend their own money. I guarantee that we would see a migration of people from suburbs to cities.

Nick Kyriazi, Deutschtown

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