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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 1:00 am


Electric-car tax unfair, but 'small price to pay'

The letter addressing electric cars and the new tax associated with them was reasonable, but it still doesn't address the fairness of the tax.

I have owned a Chevy Volt for more than 31/2 years and am getting 245 mpg. I have driven 33,131 miles in the time I have owned my car. The EPA rated my car at 93 mpg overall and 37 mpg while using the gas generator. Using the 93 figure, I would have conceivably used 357 gallons of gas, and using the 37 figure I would have used 896 gallons. If you multiply those numbers by the 18 cent gas tax I would have paid $65 and $161 in gas taxes during the 31/2 years.

Under the new taxing system at 28 cents per gallon, those numbers change to $100 and $251. With the electric car tax at $150, that number becomes $525 for 31/2 years. You can decide whether that is fair or not; it doesn't seem fair to me. If weight is a factor, then it should be incorporated into the equation for every car. How did the legislature come to these numbers? I don't know.

As far as subsidies to electric car owners go, you have to make a choice. Do we subsidize new technologies to give them a chance in the open market? We subsidize oil and it's hardly a new technology. The future belongs to renewable energy and cars powered by something other than gasoline. I think the new tax is unfair to me and to most electric car owners, but it's a small price to pay to get to drive my car.

Dennis R. Powell

Fort Wayne

Politicians clue lesson living in poverty

Our leaders haven't a clue how to be poor. They haven't been hungry or homeless. They haven't held a paltry paycheck and debated whether to buy groceries or pay a utility bill, knowing that a similar decision must be made for the next paycheck and goodness knows how many more.

Jane Byrne is the last I recall who really tried to understand. As mayor of Chicago, she rented a place in the projects (low-cost housing since torn down) and lived there for six months.


Fort Wayne

IU booster rethinks support in wake of IPFW decision

A hundred years ago, Indiana University started offering classes in downtown Fort Wayne. IU and Purdue began to merge their academic programs in 1958, culminating with IPFW's opening in September 1964. Now, IU announces that it is essentially withdrawing from Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana, leaving the dental hygiene and nursing programs as the only undergraduate degrees. Fort Wayne is the second-largest city in Indiana, but IU abandons the area while maintaining campuses in Kokomo, Richmond and New Albany. As listed on the IU website, 2014 enrollment at IPFW was 13,200, of which 8,170 were IU students, making IPFW the second-largest IU regional campus after IUPUI in Indianapolis, but IU quits northeast Indiana. The student who enrolls at IPFW is most often a different type of student than enrolls in Bloomington. Due to economics, job requirements, or family circumstances, many students at IPFW do not have the option of going to Bloomington for their classes and degrees. But IU has eliminated the IU presence in northeast Indiana.

IU has demonstrated by that it does not consider this area important to IU and its future. The two universities could have just split  and kept their entire undergraduate programs intact. Since the two universities could not work together in Fort Wayne, I am waiting to see the announcement that IUPUI, the joint campus in Indianapolis, will also break apart.

As an individual with degrees from both IPFW and lU-Bloomington, I was severely disappointed in lU's decision. The question now becomes: Why should the people of northeast Indiana continue to support IU when IU no longer has an interest in our area and has abandoned northeast Indiana?

Even though I'm a life member in the IU Alumni Association, have contributed to the IU Foundation and am a member of the Varsity Club (supporting IU athletics) for more than 25 years, I will be making changes to my support levels. I will start by trading in my IU auto license plates for the new red covered bridge license plates this year. Second, I will severely cut if not eliminate donations to IU and not get season tickets to this upcoming year's men's soccer and basketball games for the first time in 19 years.

Consider your support for IU after it has withdrawn its support of northeast Indiana.


Fort Wayne