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Saturday, March 30, 2013
Hybrid owners have paid our dues
The all-powerful Wizard of Oz (tongue in cheek) has decided that those of the populace who are able to purchase and operate hybrid-powered vehicles should be penalized for doing so.
Then there are those who say it's about time that hybrid operators paid their fair share of the highway use tax.
To those I say: What? Hybrid owners pay excise tax just as those who drive any internal combustion powered vehicle.
We even pay the highway tax for mowing our lawns, just like other folk.
Let's be honest with each other. I save gas, yes, because we import too much from foreign countries. But I paid for that savings technology up front. My dues are paid; to whom is not my concern.
I'm no economist, and I really don't want to hear any air from them, but why eliminate the retail gas tax completely, only to tack on an extra fee for distribution that passes through to the consumer?
I think Gov. Bob McDonnell has made a mistake. Now those living close to our borders will buy our cheaper gas and cheat their states out of their taxes. It's a no-win situation.
Hunters shouldn't need assault rifles
I do not want to offend the National Rifle Association or my good friends who are hunters. However, I believe it is the time to ban assault weapons from our citizens.
I am not a hunter, but I find it hard to believe that it takes 15 to 20 shots to kill a turkey, rabbit, deer or even an elephant (or maybe stop an intruder).
If the hunter cannot kill the animal with the number of bullets or shells in the rifle or shotgun (I don't even know how many), he is probably such a poor shot that he shouldn't be hunting in the first place.
Please write your congressman or senator or sign a petition to request a law to ban assault rifles.
JAMES M. YOUNG
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