Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, April 21

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Lower revenues are no surprise

Dear editor: Regarding the Transportation funding story in the April 11, 2013 edition of the T-G, the State Transportation officials seemed surprised by lower revenues, blaming it in part on the economy.

In my opinion, they should have seen this coming (many of us did). In 1975, the United States Congress put in place Corporate Average Fuel Economy or CAFE standards. These standards' goals were to increase the fuel economy of cars, light trucks, SUVs and vans.

Over the years, the CAFE calculations have changed and in addition now include medium duty trucks and next year will include heavy-duty commercial trucks.

As I stated above, the CAFE was enacted to promote increased fuel economy. In 1979, the CAFE standard was 17.2 miles per gallon (mpg) and in 2011 had been increased to 24.1 mpg. The Cafe standards coming out of this administration is a goal of 54.5 mpg by 2025.

By the way, it sounds like the CAFE is generally a voluntary program, but it is not at all, it is a requirement of all auto manufacturers that sell vehicles in the US. This is a perfect example of the unintended consequences of government meddling. They are pushing for lower fuel consumption vehicles.

By lowering the consumption of gasoline so does it lower the revenue produced by the gasoline tax. The bottom line is that as we buy cars that get better mileage, use no gasoline or we ride bicycles. The money we save in fuel use will still be collected by the government in other ways. Those "ways" are still being developed as the revenue drops.

Rick Morris

Shelbyville

Thanks, stranger, for good deed

Dear editor: I would like to extend a word of appreciation and surprise to an unknown Shelbyville citizen. I recently dropped my wallet at a retail store in Shelbyville. I missed it a few hours later and returned to the business to see if anyone had seen it.

I was surprised to find that I had indeed dropped it in the parking lot and someone had seen it and turned it into the business.

Thank God we still have honest people in this world. This certainly says something about this person's character. I just wish I knew who it was so I could thank them personally.

Jan Jones

Shelbyville

Hold former director accountable

Dear editor: I know I am not the smartest fish in the sea but if 911 needs more money than get back the nearly $50,000 that the director stole or at least do something about it. We must pay taxes but when there is no accountably for the people that handle it, we lose faith in the others. We can't keep paying and paying while government keeps taking and taking and some flat stealing.

Shirley Carter

Shelbyville

Praise volunteers this week

Dear editor: National Volunteer Week is April 21 -- 27, 2013, a time to recognize and celebrate the thousands of men, women and young people who volunteer in communities across the country.

There are some special volunteers in our community that deserve recognition for the heroic work they do to ensure people at life's end find comfort, love and respect. I am talking about the hospice volunteers at Hospice Compassus.

In 2012 more than 70 trained volunteers at Hospice Compassus in our Tullahoma and Columbia agencies provided over 2,600 hours giving of their time and expertise to support people during one of life's most challenging experiences -- and they should be honored for the care and compassion they provide every single day.

They spend time at the bedside, help out family caregivers, participate with outreach efforts, assist in the office, and much more. They are truly angels among us and will never be forgotten to those whose lives they have touched so deeply!

To think hospice is about dying is not really accurate. Hospice helps patients and families live as fully as possible, even at life's end.

I encourage others to learn more about hospice or our volunteer opportunities by contacting us at 931-455-9118 in Tullahoma, 931-381-4090 in Columbia or visit us at our website at www.hospicecompassus.com

Julia Logan-Mayes

Hospice Compassus

Volunteer Coordinator

Tullahoma/Columbia