[editor's note: read Representative Daniel P. Reilly's letter here]
After reading the Representative's letter to the Newport Daily News on the issue of tolls on the Sakonnet Bridge, I was amazed to see so few solutions offered to the current situation. Instead, we are presented with more rhetoric about how this is a problem and once again our community is being abused by our State House leaders.
Instead, we need to look at creative ways to prevent our community from being imposed with another tax, such as changing the funding of the RI Turnpike and Bridge Authority to be able to qualify for Federal grants (which other states across our great nation are able to do and do successfully), or offset the cost of the tolls on middle class families and seniors with a tax break for local residents.
Waiting until the problem has arrived, and not working to identify improvements necessary in our state is not leadership.
True leadership is identifying problems and working with our community leaders and elected officials to solve those problems.
Its time we elect a new Representative who will not only be part of the solution, but will lead them.