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Is Bolivar Ferry Free Because Texans Are Socialists? Or Is It About A Free Ride?

Is the government operated Bolivar Ferry across Galveston Bay free because Texans are socialists? Or, is it because no matter what they say about so-called free markets, Texans love a free ride? 

The Bolivar Ferry is run by the Texas Department of Transportation.

I ride the ferry, which runs between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula, about twice a year. I park and walk on. That way I don’t have to wait in the long line of traffic. I get a nice 50 minute round trip and a chance to see ships and, maybe, dolphins.

Each time I ride the ferry, I imagine that the Texans on board are realizing the virtues of government as they cross the bay.

They are saying to each other, “This nice free ferry trip is a reminder that government has a role to play in our lives. When we reach land, we shall compose a letter to our elected representatives in favor of state-run health care.”

Regretfully, a recent Houston Chronicle article suggests ferry riders have something else on their minds. They are grumpy that they must wait so long to board the free ferry. Crew members to run the boats are hard to find because potential workers can make more money in the private sector. 

In reply to grumbling ferry passengers I say—“How about having an income tax in Texas? Then maybe you’d have better services.”

Have to wait in a long line to board the ferry this weekend? Bring a book. Talk to your family. Or, even better, demand a tax structure in Texas able to meet the needs of this huge state.

July 12, 2007 Posted by | Galveston, Sea Life, Taxes---Yes!, Texas | 11 Comments