Email letters, January 15, 2014

New vehicle owners urged to speak up about inequity in fees

I recently came across something that made me unhappy. I saw a registration for a brand-new rental vehicle. The registration fee, ownership tax and title fee for this vehicle totaled to about $38.

I recently purchased a new vehicle, and MY fees were about $750 MORE than the rental vehicle. The valuation of the vehicles was within $200 of each other. I have contacted my state representative and would encourage other new vehicle owners to do the same regarding this inequity.

Is this a case of the state of Colorado subsidizing the rental car industry? I don’t think it’s equal treatment at all.

CHARLIE POST

Grand Junction

Scott must realize that ‘marketplace has spoken’

Somehow I didn’t expect a politician to come out in favor of air pollution, but Rep. Ray Scott has. Maybe that takes a special kind of courage. As we slowly move to Mesa County, we are learning about local pols. The learning process has been depressing.

In a Sentinel op-ed piece, Scott said local residents should complain about strengthening air pollution rules. Such rules apparently offend his patrons in the oil and gas industry while their pollution drifts downhill to Grand Junction.

We bought a house in Little Park and see the frequent inversions covering the valley. It is tempting to not breathe while in Grand Junction, but not a good option. It reminds us of the infamous “brown cloud” of Denver, also the result of inversions trapping dirty air.

Denver’s pollution led to annual (and hated) car inspections and more regulations.

Scott is apparently unaware that it costs substantially more to drill for oil and gas here than elsewhere. Flat places closer to the oil and gas formations are much cheaper to drill. It is not economical to drill in Colorado anymore. The action goes to North Dakota and the northeast.

But Scott blames regulations. I have no doubt he would tell us he believes in the “free market,” but he would miss the point. The marketplace has spoken. Western Colorado’s frenzied drilling time has passed, as it always does for a drilling and mining economy.

So, for a long-term, strong economy, Mesa County should be promoting itself as a place for retirees, tourism and nonpolluting industry. Scott is far behind the times. He disregards the health hazards to children, seniors and everyone else from unregulated drilling. Why would retirees want to move to a place with so much air pollution?

GENE GOFFIN
Glade Park

Conservatives should shave 10 percent from tax payments

I believe it’s about time for the Republican and conservative voters to start a small federal income tax revolt. When we get our April 15th tax bill, we should deduct 10 percent from the bill. The Democrats and liberal voters then add 15 percent to their tax bill since they like a big-spending, bloated government. That probably would leave the government short on funds because a large percent of Democrats and liberal voters are on welfare and food stamps, so they pay little or no federal income tax.


Next, all able-bodied welfare, food stamp and unemployment benefit recipients of federal aid should be put to work doing work such as cleaning up forests; building fire lines; building and repairing roads and highways; cleaning up slums and streets; and building homes for vets, elders and the disabled. I know the Democrats would not like this, as these people are their bread-and-butter voters.


Now we have Obamacare that has already cost taxpayers nearly $700 million, a lying president who thinks he can override the Constitution, a deteriorating world status and a lowering of moral values. This sounds like the beginning of the fall of the Roman Empire and an Obama dictatorship.


We need to pass a 28th constitutional amendment. The amendment should require all U.S. citizens, including the president and all congressional members, to abide by all laws passed by the federal government.


DICK TODD
Montrose

U.S. sliding into decline

Where are we after five years of the present administration? Forget the spin and recognize the facts.

We are deeper in debt; our allies don’t trust us anymore; our enemies don’t fear us anymore; we are slowly destroying the finest health care in the world; we are losing our position as the number-one superpower; and we now have the next generation that will not be as well off as the previous one.

Wake up, people!

L.W. HUNLEY
Grand Junction

 



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