Letters to the Editor

Charge for the privilege

I've read several versions of the suggestions that we Californians reduce or stop the use of drive-through lanes at fast-food or quick-service establishments (coffee and related beverages).

I propose taking that one step further: If the people of California don't want to get out of their car seats to go into a restaurant or coffee shop, then perhaps they won't mind paying a state-imposed surcharge of 15 cents to 25 cents for the convenience (excluding disabled persons).

This way, all the owners of these tens of thousands idling cars will help California financially while their cars continue to contribute to our already polluted air.

Michael Kobata