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Vehicle tax is necessary

Posted: April 10, 2008 7:40 p.m.
Updated: June 11, 2008 5:04 a.m.
To The Editor:

You can definitely put me on the side of the room that is against more unnecessary taxes - the key word being "unnecessary."

Taxation is part of the price we all pay to live in this country.

"Freedom is not free" couldn't be more true than about taxes. As they say, "can't live with them, can't live without them." Some are absolutely needed, while others are not.

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth touches on taxes on both sides. While he doesn't get too specific, I assume that the "Plastic Bag Tax" is being considered as a environmental deterrent. While I doubt it would help,
please find out how big of a tax it would take to get those ugly bags from hanging off of every bush, branch and fence from here to everywhere, and double it.

He seems worried about the "car tax" - a tax based on weight of a vehicle and carbon dioxide emissions, and a new sales tax on cars (read: trucks and SUVs) that get less than 15 mpg.

We all breathe way too much carbon dioxide. Cars that get under 15 mpg are using up everyone's fuel, not just their own, and continue to rub our faces in the sand with every oil price increase.

I remember the howl when cigarette taxes were increased. I figured if smokers didn't care about their own health or the health of others, tax the hell out of them and maybe that would lead to some decrease in the number of smokers. Don't know if the tax did it, but a lot fewer people smoke now than used to.

Perhaps the same might happen if the price of driving large vehicles became prohibitive. Like smokers, those who can afford it aren't affected by higher gas prices, nor is their conscience bothered by higher consumption, but you never know.


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