Letters: Time to consider France law

Letters: Time to consider France law

There are 4 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Jul 15, 2010, titled Letters: Time to consider France law. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

Now that our local politicians have joined the "Beat Up Arizona" fray, is it time for them to go after France's lower house of Parliament that just passed a law banning women from wearing Burqa-style veils in public? I wonder how the Tea Partiers and their poster gal Sarah feel about that? Larry Hawkins Seaside County should take care of its own ...

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San Jose, CA

#2 Jul 15, 2010
Lawrence Samuels has some good points but gasoline would be much, much more expensive if the taxes connected to it had to pay the total cost of roads and associated automobile expenses. Roads and highways are paid for with a mix of property taxes, government bonds and gas taxes. Gas taxes fund the smallest share. I'm ambivalent on the PG library but Samuels shouldn't use roads as an example.

Also, his reference to fire and police being paid as needed would mean that we wouldn't have a standing fire or police force. This could conceivably work in a small village but never in a town or city of even moderate size. Some things have to be available in advance in case someone has a need and cannot be supplied only upon demand. That's why we have government. But if you want to do away with paying for things we don't always need how about starting with a military that's more expensive than almost all the rest of the world combined.

Since: Mar 09

Monterey Peninsula, CA

#4 Jul 15, 2010
PGjack wrote:
Roads and highways are paid for with a mix of property taxes, government bonds and gas taxes. Gas taxes fund the smallest share.
I'm not sure how it breaks down when all types of streets and roads are taken into account, but as far as highways go, gas taxes and other user fees (license fees, tolls, etc.) cover about 60% of highway construction and maintenance costs.

I think gas taxes should be higher. They were last increased in the mid 1990s, and have lost a third of their value to inflation. That means our gas taxes only buy 2/3rds as much work as they did 15 years ago. The difference has to be made up from general fund revenues, which means there is less general fund money for police, schools, and libraries.

It's curious that conservatives, who usually demand that government programs be self supporting, don't support a gas tax increase. It just goes to show that they oppose taxes even more than they oppose subsidies.

Liberals are at least consistent. They are willing to increase revenues to match increased spending. Conservatives simply want to cut revenues without cutting spending (other than the ethereal waste, fraud, and abuse).

-Mr. Toy

United States

#5 Jul 16, 2010
Was there a point to Hawkins' letter???

Since: Mar 09

Monterey Peninsula, CA

#6 Jul 16, 2010
Robot wrote:
Was there a point to Hawkins' letter???
I think he was wondering if its OK to second-guess another state's legislative decisions, where do we draw the line? Arizona? France? Should the county supervisors be challenging every questionable law everywhere? Why single out Arizona?

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