Readers Write (March 31): Mileage tax, smokers, teens and guns, airport, seniors, Tubby Smith

  • Updated: March 30, 2013 - 4:46 PM

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No, thank you, the fuel tax will do just fine

How could the state be foolish enough to consider installing recording devices in vehicles to tax the vehicle according to the miles driven (“A bumpy road test for statewide mileage tax,” March 28)?

The best solution has been in place for more than 80 years. It’s the tax you now pay every time you buy fuel. This is a use tax. This tax automatically adjusts for the size and weight of the vehicle driven based on the miles per gallon of the vehicles.

Besides, vehicles already come with a mileage recording device. It’s called an odometer.

Perhaps the state should require electronic pulltab machines to be installed in all vehicles to fund road improvements. That’s working so well funding the new Vikings stadium.

BRUCE GRANGER, West Concord, Minn.

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Some don’t want to hear the bad side

Thanks to Doug Champeau for speaking the truth about smoking (“Remember when people smoked and liked it?” March 24). My husband and I are smokers. We’re also charged by his employer for smoking. We’re polite smokers, but truly are tired of being treated as third-class citizens. We don’t have horns growing out of our heads. We pay our taxes. It’s time to give smokers a break.

SUE WILSON, Savage, Minn.

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I grew up in a smoke-filled house with two parents who smoked. I remember sitting in restaurants breathing other people’s smoke and sitting in nonsmoking sections of airplanes, as if you could contain the smoke. I remember my once-healthy, athletic father dying of smoke-related heart disease at the too-early age of 62, after 35 years of smoking. I remember my mother dying of smoking-related cancer a few years later. My siblings and I, as well as our children, continue to have these memories, and we don’t like them.

THOMAS KELLEY, Minneapolis

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