If you ask a variety of retailers in the Blue Water Area, they might tell you their business depends on the Canadian customer. It may be distressing to our local businesses to learn that the United States is exploring how to save money on security by charging a toll to Canadians crossing the border by ground. This possible new traveler’s tax has raised fierce opposition from leaders in both the U.S. and Canada. It is reported that the idea of a “crossing fee” was a recent budget request by the Department of Homeland Security. According to Foreign Affairs, Canadians spend $21 billion each year in the United States. Canadian officials say this type of fee would be bad for travelers and in turn be bad for the economy. They say “Anything that drives up costs discourages traffic.” However, in a written statement about the budget, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stressed the need to find new revenue to cover increasing costs at our borders as the operations of Homeland Security increase in cost.