The Sun ("A silver lining," April 12) and Sen. Jim Rosapepe ("Put transportation to voters," April 12) turn a blind eye to the truth about the true cause of shortfalls in the state's Transportation Trust Fund.

Marylanders do not believe their false claims that a higher sales tax or gas tax will reduce traffic congestion. Traffic congestion is caused by too many cars and too little traffic flow, either from accidents or lane closures. The Sun would have you believe that the poor do not have cars and that the middle class, a group that seems to be everyday growing in definition, can absorb any tax dreamed by this administration.

The Sun should never question the seriousness of this governor when he mentions taxing possibilities.

The truth is that Marylanders know that transportation is already sufficiently funded by our citizens and would not be short were it not raided by over $800 million in transfers over the past decade in order to fund other programs (some call this balancing the budget). Unfortunately, The Sun appears to dismiss the "lockbox" concept, the obvious protection for the fund, and Senator Rosapepe ignores that transfers have critically hurt the transportation fund.

Mr. Rosapepe would rather the voters be provided a referendum craftily worded with loopholes by the same governor and legislature currently lacking courage to protect the citizen-funded Transportation Trust Fund.

Charles Herr, Perry Hall