Letter: Certain licenses used by minority

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This is in response to Sallie Nielson’s May 1 letter, “License plate flap is misguided,” and how tired she is about the accusations being made on tax cheats.

First of all, I have never heard anyone, including myself, complain about a person driving a vehicle in Clark County that was owned by a company that is located in Oregon. More power to her husband, who has the perfect right to drive one, but let’s make this more clear.

People in situations such as Nielson’s husband make up a very small percentage of the out-of-state vehicles with owners who are living in Washington. I think the chances are pretty good these legal vehicles from out of state are not the Cadillacs, Lincolns, sports cars, camping trailers, boats and motor homes that I see with Oregon plates.

This state is still trying to figure out how to balance its budget. It amazes me how much our officials really do not care about this problem when the rest of us must obey the law and pay our sales tax and license fees. How much is this fraud costing us? I cannot even guess, but I can tell you this, it’s a lot.

Richard C. Mason

Vancouver