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As a resident of the state of Pennsylvania, I take exception to your March 17 editorial "Police Welfare: All Pa. Towns Should Pay for Their Own Coverage." The last time that I looked, which would be a surprise to the Post-Gazette and state Rep. Michael Sturla, I do pay state taxes. I do not see how you and he can come to the conclusion that city residents pay twice for police patrols while I do not pay at all. This whole thing of local police coverage looks to me like it is more about taxing rural communities than anything else. Or maybe it is misery loves company in that you want the rest of the state to have the corruption and unfunded pension liabilities the city of Pittsburgh has.
I see outrage and unfairness when it comes to police coverage, but I see no such outrage over a proposal to hike my gasoline taxes so that the Port Authority of Allegheny County can be funded. How about the "mooching" cities pay for their own bus service! Instead of taking rural taxes to pay for that, use it to pay for our state police coverage.
First Published March 22, 2013 12:00 am