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Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Seniors riding township buses, wake up, take your blinders off, then maybe you might become aware that you are being hoodwinked by township officials.

Can’t you see that the township senior bus service is a ploy to get your votes for the continuation of townships when townships should be in our history books.

Seniors, where is your pride? Weren’t you raised like I was … to be independent or ask family, friends or neighbors for help, not expensive government services?

The $1 fare you are charged does not tell the whole story. That $1 cost to you comes at nowhere near the operational cost of buses. Example: In McHenry Township, the true cost of a bus ride is $19.42. Seniors pay $1. The $18.42 is picked up by those who never place a foot on a township bus. An average cab ride would cost $11, an $8.42 savings.

And for the seniors living in the upscale Del Webb community in Grafton Township, who use township buses and write letters of support, the bus service is not a blessing. The bus service comes at a great cost to working families, just so you can continue to live large.

So may I suggest to the Del Webb community, stay off the bus; become independent again. Look at your tax bills, then ask this question: Why am I paying a property tax to both Grafton Township and the city of Huntley when unincorporated township residents pay only a township tax?

Abolish townships.

Bob Anderson

Wonder Lake

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