Let residents think for themselves

Letter to the Editor.

  • Friday, October 3, 2008 4:00am
  • Opinion

What is it about the Tollgate Farm that I “don’t get” if I oppose the project, Mr. Webber? Is it that I do not sufficiently appreciate the $200-plus a year that I will be forced to “contribute” to this project for 20 years if it passes? Perhaps, Mr. Webber, you know of someone who can explain the NPV (Net Present Value) of a $200-per-year investment over the proposed life of this bond.

Of course, if I were fortunate enough to live to see the final installment on Tollgate, I might be able to qualify for your often-mentioned “exemption” for senior citizens. This pandering to seniors under the “vote for it because you won’t have to pay for it” scenario would be funny if it weren’t so pathetic, insulting and dangerous.

As to Mr. Rappin’s latte reference, he’s probably right. I might not miss one a week. Of course, when everyone is forced to miss one a week, North Bend may well lose one or more of it’s outstanding coffee venues. Sacrifices must be made.

Elena Montgomery’s “Just the facts, ma’am” article laid out the impact to voters and the treasury. She claimed we can make up the revenue in the future by building in other commercially viable areas to the east of the city. I assume she has insight into the ongoing building freeze due to lack of water permits/resources that have not been shared with the rest of us. Perhaps she is confident that the new city B&O tax will inspire businesses to locate in our community.

Finally, I was amused to hear of Mr. Sims support for this project, his concern for the greater North Bend area is well-known.

Forgive those of us who dare to think for ourselves as we forgive those city officials who suffer from the municipal myopia of Tollgate fever.


Ross Loudenback

North Bend




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