Speed cameras are just a money grab
Letters to the Editor October 11, 2012 6:46PM
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 10: Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) arrives for a hearing on Capitol Hill on October 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. The hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee focused on the security situation in Benghazi leading up to the September 11 attack that resulted in the assassination of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
Updated: November 13, 2012 6:26AM
I find it funny that Mayor Rahm Emanuel says installing speed cameras throughout the city is being done for the safety of the children. Oh, how noble! But now the mayor is counting on those speed cameras to generate $30 million in revenue for the city in the first year.
Richard Clemens, Brideport
Firearms tax would accomplish nothing
For all practical purposes you can’t buy a gun in Chicago, and the gun stores outside the city are few and far between. Nearby counties and states do have gun stores, where most of the firearms in Cook County are purchased. A county tax on firearms and ammunition would be spitting into the wind.
John Culloton, Norwood Park
The problem is spending
After reading “County looking at gun tax,” I was not surprised to see that the county is considering this. After all, there is a violence problem and a budget problem, so what’s the answer? Another tax increase. Quite frankly, this is the answer to every problem within the county and the state. The budget is in a shortfall, raise the payroll taxes; the county is financial ruin, raise property taxes and sales taxes; health care is costing our state a fortune, raise taxes on tobacco products.
Add another tax and those who want to purchase firearms or ammo will just go to other sources, out of the county or out of state. The real problem here is that our county and state simply cannot stop spending.
Jeff Pabst, Hanover Park
Congress hasn’t done a thing in four years, but they finally found an urgent cause this week that simply had to be addressed. Yep, they couldn’t pass up the chance to make the Obama Administration look weak on international security. They were sure that somehow President Barack Obama was responsible for the attack in Benghazi, Libya. Unfortunately Rep. Jason Chaffetz revealed that it was in fact the GOP that had pushed to cut funding for embassy security.