News and Tribune

April 25, 2013


Reader opposes wheel tax


To every Clark County Council member, especially Mr. Vissing:

Years ago, a council member got a wheel tax passed, and all it did was penalize seniors and people on a fixed income. We had a friend (Mr. Monty Snelling) who listened to his constituents and got that regressive tax repealed. Thank God.

Now you are again talking about hitting us with that same tax. I am 79 years old and living on a fixed income. I have a small pension and my Social Security for income and they only go so far. I’ve had to take a part-time job to pay for the medications my wife and I must have.

Also, a surcharge is a tax upon a tax.

I am going to ask all Democrats, why is it that all you seem to want to do is raise taxes? This county doesn’t need any more taxes — what they need is for those with the power to stop and think of who it’s going to hurt. If only you all would learn to live within the tax money that comes in.

— Clifford Owens, Jeffersonville


Reader: Take path out Utica Pike


The city of Jeffersonville has a survey on its website regarding bicycle routes, bike paths or bike lanes. I read an article about the completion of the Big Four bridge into downtown Jeffersonville, and from that point it makes sense to go out Market/Utica Pike route. Following to Utica and then through the old Ammunition Plant property, this route goes very close to Charlestown. And hooking to Charlestown State Park would be awesome.

Jeffersonville needs to think big. They have this beautiful waterfront all along Utica Pike that is not being utilized very well at all. If done right, this bike route could be really a nice feature that would get people out to enjoy the outdoors.

— Michael Gaubatz, Jeffersonville


Federal money isn’t free


The mayor of New Albany said in this newspaper that he will probably recommend that a number of one-way streets in the city should be changed to two-way streets to accommodate anticipated traffic increases due to the Sherman Minton Bridge not having tolls while other bridges in the area will. This seems reasonable, even a little far-sighted for New Albany politics, and of course a “study” will be able to justify its value.

However, he seems to have the same fallacy as all other elected officials: Namely we are only going to have to fork over 20 percent of the cost since the federal government will be paying 80 percent.

And just where does the federal government get its money? From us.

I would require that any time a politician uses these references he or she should be required to say “you are getting a double-whammy ... suckers!”

Of course, this will happen about the same time that the power plants run on unicorn methane to generate electricity.

— Ken Adams, New Albany