- The Washington Times - Friday, July 31, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

There is a bright side to the recent closing of Interstate-18 highway rest areas in Virginia. While the Commonwealth has some modern and sanitary rest stops, some rest stop facilities are so badly maintained and disgusting that people sometimes cough and gag when they enter. It can get especially bad on busy summer weekends.

Virginia is one of the most beautiful states, attracting millions of visitors each year. State officials need to provide a proper welcome to tourists by providing safe and respectable rest areas for families on the road. Virginia’s state gas tax is among the lowest in this region. Perhaps a one-cent increase could be dedicated to providing a revenue stream for safe and welcoming rest stops statewide.

DAVID BURNS

Springfield, Va.

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