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Not greedy

I filled my gas tank on Sept. 17 with regular unleaded at Costco and was quite surprised to find the gas price at Costco at &

36;1.69 a gallon. In fact I could have purchased the premium grade gasoline for &

36;1.89.

I asked the attendant why Costco could charge &

36;1.69 while the other gas stations in the area are charging between &

36;1.95 and &

36;1.97 per gallon for the same regular unleaded. His response? We're not greedy. I think he hit the nail right on the head with that statement. Costco will get my business, not the big oil companies. ' Kyle Jensen, Central Point

Let leaders lead

Rep. Dennis Richardson must not have agreed with Mr. Funk's positions during the last state legislative session. Having followed Richardson's work in Salem as a freshman legislator, he served his district well, had a positive impact for a freshman and benefited every Oregon citizen.

Rep. Richardson's positions in support of traditional family values are diametrically opposed to Mr. Funk's well know support of legalization of marijuana. This is obviously an attack to advance Funk's marijuana positions, not on the merits of Richardson's performance.

Richardson served on committees on Environment and Land Use, as vice chairman; PERS reform and Trade and Economic Development. He supported bills that served working families in Oregon. He has fought to bring business to Oregon, and as this is written is in China seeking to increase trade with Oregon business, which means more jobs in Oregon.

— They say you can know a man's character by knowing who his enemies are. If that is the case, having Laird Funk as an enemy is a compliment of the highest order.

Go back to your wacky weed Mr. Funk, and let the real leaders lead. ' Raymond Smith, Central Point

Surcharge needs a vote

How did the Jacksonville City Council come to impose a surcharge (tax) without the vote of the people?

They, as a council, have not even determined if there is a need for establishing a public safety program. In their own wording they state: if not managed through a strong program of prevention and response, can (can does not mean that it will) deteriorate ?

The City Council states: the fees and charges herein are not intended to be taxes, nor are they subject to the property tax limitations ... In my opinion it does not matter what verbiage they use (tax, surcharge, assessment, fees) it is all money out of my pocket for something that I did not vote on nor approve and that may have questionable value.

As a surcharge (tax) are we to assume that this will be ongoing, never to be repealed? If not, when can we expect this surcharge to end? I am not aware of any tax, or surcharge, once imposed, to have ever ended!

This surcharge may seem a reasonable and rational way to the City Council, but then they probably are not living on a fixed income as many are in the Jacksonville area. ' Marvin H. Arthur, Jacksonville

Safety, not seat belts

I stopped at a stoplight and, as there was no traffic, I started making a right-hand turn into the right lane on a four-lane street. The problem was the oncoming traffic was making a left-hand turn onto the four-lane street, crossing the left-hand lane and going directly to the right-hand lane, contrary to the Oregon traffic rules book (see on page 35).

This particular problem doesn't seem to be enforced by our police. It is true, they are very busy. After all, there are the dangerous drivers out there not wearing seat belts. Why, if every driver doesn't wear a seatbelt there will be world-wide chaos, or so you would think.

Why is there such pressure on drivers not wearing seat belts? It seems like a good idea, but it serves no public service. Sure it saves lives; so would a 30-mph highway speed limit.

A person crossing a lane when they are not supposed to is a bigger problem than seat belts. Our police department easily spends 2,000 hours a year giving and processing pointless seat belt tickets. Wouldn't you much rather see 2,000 hours of real police work instead? ' Gem Burke, Rogue River