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Letters to the editor

March 26, 2004

Lawmakers stick it to the taxpayers


To the editor:

I'm beginning to believe the old saying that there are no good politicians. It seems that we always have to settle for the "lesser of two evils" candidate. These are the people that we put into office to represent our opinions, needs and desires.

In the March 20 Herald-Mail, Del. Chris Shank is quoted as saying, "Sometimes leading involves very tough political choices. At the end of the day, we are elected to do what's right for our constituents."

Wrong answer! While I personally like Shank, he assumes, as do most politicians, that he knows what is best for us. Here is a refresher course in politics for those who have forgotten. Elected officials are there to do and represent what we want and not what they deem is best for us.

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At a time when most working people are unable to even attain a true cost-of-living raise, we are expected to give up even more money for ridiculous and unnecessary fees and taxes. Here are some examples: The county wants to raise landfill fees. Would this have been necessary if all those brand new county vans and trucks had not been purchased or if landfill rules and regulations had been adhered to?

Then you have the airport runway extension. I would like to add an addition onto my own house but I know I can't afford one. Neither can the taxpayers when it comes to this project. How about the 50 percent or more vehicle registration fee increase? Would this have been necessary had our elected officials not wasted and spent our money so inappropriately?

I can see me telling my employer that I need to be paid twice my salary because I can't budget my money and spend it too foolishly. We are held accountable for our personal finances and government officials should be held accountable for the way they spend also! Would a "flush" fee be necessary had officials been responsible and monitored what was being released into streams, creeks and rivers like they were supposed to be doing?

Now supposedly almost half of this country is in favor of electing a president who wants to do away with tax cuts and tax us even more. Gasoline prices are rising dramatically. Allegheny Power hurts us with its so-called security deposit fee. I say enough is enough! It's time to wake up and start caring. It already may be too late.

Rob Butler
Hagerstown




More and more fees


To the editor:

Since our elected officials find it necessary to tax us to the hilt for our vehicle registrations and the "flush tax," I think they need to explain a few things first. I see in the papers that registration is only going up for passenger vehicles. What about tractor-trailers, dump trucks, etc? Don't they do more damage to roads?

And for the flush tax, I thought money collected for the Chesapeake Bay license plates went to the bay? Whose pockets were lined with that money?

If I am going to have to cough up an additional $200-plus for tag renewal for my automobiles and $30 a year for the flush tax, our elected officials need to tell us exactly where the money is going and why they always find it necessary to fleece the average taxpayer (us) and no one else (businesses).

Christy Craver
Hagerstown




Funny pages


To the editor:

This is a suggestion to improve The Daily Mail's format while saving many of its readers valuable time in covering the most important things in life. Combine Mail Call, the comics and the weekly person-on-the street feature all on one page.

Donald Day
Hagerstown

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