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January 21, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Energy policy

Taxes fuel the flame

How could you even publish such a misinformed idea as Ron Sher’s opinion piece about boosting our gas tax [“A perfect time to boost the gas tax,” guest commentary, Jan. 16]? Why can’t people get it that our economy works best when the government lets us spend our own money instead of thinking that the government spends it better? What was this guy thinking?

People are losing their jobs right and left — my own personal savings has been practically wiped out — people are losing their homes and the economy is on a downward path that seems to have no end in sight.

Raising taxes on anything right now is like throwing gas on a fire. I noticed that Sher is a pretty successful businessman. How could he be so insensitive at the same time? Raising gas taxes? You have got to be kidding me.

— Robert Rudd, Lynnwood

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