Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 1

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Who paid for cleaning mess?

Dear Editor,

One day last week it was mentioned in the paper about a contractor's truck losing a load of bricks and dirt on Union Street. It was also said that the city went out to clean it up.

Then today, 9-28-15, I saw a street sweeper on Union Street. I'm wondering who paid for the cleanup -- how many hours did it take and the article said that the truck that dropped the load had to be fixed. I wonder if anybody will check the truck to make sure it's fixed before it's allowed to start hauling again.

If you (the city or the county) need some extra money -- here's my checking account number, 7-8-6887. Have at it.

William R. Haase


(Editor's note: The checking account number, which is not actual, translates to R-U-NUTS.)

Property tax would do just as well

Dear Editor,

I see by the most recent T-G article that the county commissioners are proceeding toward a referendum on a $50 per vehicle wheel tax. According to the article, the county mayor said a property tax increase will be needed even if the wheel tax is approved.

So why doesn't the commission increase the property tax rate enough to do the job, which they can do without voter approval. There may be a more regressive tax than a wheel tax, but I can't offhand think of one.

While at a convention recently, I met a red-headed woman who was extremely attractive to me. One could in fact say I had the hots for her. Nothing came of it, which in hindsight was just as well.

Could it be that a number of the commissioners have the hots for a wheel tax just as I did for the redhead, and that is the only reason the wheel tax is being pushed so strongly? With good luck, their infatuation for a wheel tax will come to the same end as mine for the redhead --- ain't gonna happen.

And I will say once again, the dollar amount of the proposed wheel tax and the equivalent property tax increase will have essentially the same effect on my wallet. I just don't want the government sticking another hand into that wallet.

Charles Brumbelow


Time for Congress to pass budget

Dear Editor,

Congress is not doing its job by not having a Budget to operate the U.S. Government. The gimmick of choice at the moment is to pass a continuing resolution to temporally fund the government for a short period of time. This means for long term contracts to purchase planes like the F-35 Fighter Jet, and the KC-46 tanker, the USAF will have to renegotiate. For example a contract for the KC-46, means undoing agreed-upon terms, and a Congressional resolution of any sizable length will "impact" the rate at which the F-35, KC-46, and other programs are bought next year, according to a recent article in the Air Force Magazine, September 25, 2015.

To do the needed replacement of aircraft at the lowest possible cost, long term contracts have been negotiated. We must continue the upgrade of our aircraft if we are to own the skies and be able to defend our national security. This is in jeopardy with the Congress not doing its job. Members are hired through elections to do their job which includes passing a budget. Now because they are not really working properly, a gimmick called the Continuing Resolution will be passed offering only temporary funding. Even worse, they may shut down the government.

For example, "the KC-46 is a fixed-price-incentive development contract. The past few F-35 lots also have been fixed-price, and new F-35 lots are under negotiation now..." according to the Air Force Times 9/25/15. All the members of Congress say they want to be good stewards of the taxpayers money. Really? Temporary funding of the government will waste money and put our military's ability to do its mission protecting us in jeapordy. Flying fighters and tankers that are decades old and not replaced in a timely manner is not wise.

Congress--quit playing games, do your job, and pass a budget. It's done on the local and state levels, so get to work.

Walt Wood


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