Letter: Thinking forward

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

I recently saw on the news where our representatives would like to tax (penalize) those who are willing to initially pay thousands of dollars more to drive cars with better gas mileage. I own two gas-guzzlers, so this letter is anything but self-serving. We live in a city where many times during the year we are the worst or in the top five cities with the worst air pollution, and to help solve this problem our government representatives want to raise the tax on energy-conscious people. What a brilliant, forward-thinking idea.

Instead, why don't you raise the taxes on everyone but the energy-efficient cars so as to encourage us to buy more fuel-efficient cars? Or why not raise the gas tax one tenth of 1 percent, or 1 percent (whatever it takes), that would hit me harder than the fuel-efficient car and they could still get their precious money. Why are our government representatives trying to punish those who are doing the right thing?

We need to put in forward-thinking representatives, not backward-thinking ones.

John Metcalf


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