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April 2, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Car-tab fees to benefit state parks

Let taxpayers choose which taxes to pay

I agree with Rep. Gary Alexander, R-Olympia, that vehicle-license applicants should not have to opt out of paying the fee; it’s too easy to overlook such an option [“Would you pay $5 to keep state parks open?” page one, March 30].

At the same time, giving taxpayers the option to pay such a fee (the present system) may set a small precedent for allowing taxpayers the chance to choose which taxes they would like to pay — an option that I would think that Republicans and Libertarians alike would find agreeable.

Maybe someday it will become thinkable to institute an income tax with at least a few such options.

— Robert Dunshee, Seattle

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