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Whatever happened to $11 fee for registering a trailer?
Editor:
My husband and I bought a used utility trailer many years ago. It’s been really useful — a great trailer. Every year the bill from the county would come to renew the license. It was always $11. I got used to that yearly transaction. Then several years ago I missed it — or rather it came but was unrecognizable. The new amount required for the license was $36. Of course we paid it — we need the trailer. I found out our legislature had approved additional road and bridge fees.
This year the notice from the county was $43. I understand it is legal to extract more money from “customers” if it is a fee, but that it is necessary to get public approval for a new tax. So we are not being taxed more, but “fee’d” more. I could readily understand an increase to $12 or $13, but the gigantic jump astonished me. Actually, I haven’t noticed the increase in auto tag renewals since it varies every year and is harder to spot, but I expect it is equally impressive. Have any of you noticed the same thing? I would surely love a rollback in fees (taxes too). With the economy in tatters and the average family making about 10 percent less than a few years ago, these fees come at a bad time.
Roberta Sutton
Evergreen

Volunteering at Life Care Center offers huge benefits
Editor:
Many thanks to Sandy Barnes for a well done story on the Country Fair at the Life Care Center of Evergreen (photos are great, too).
This facility is a wonderful residential community and deserves much praise for its caring health-care providers, activities staff and the center’s volunteers. I am a regular volunteer who visits with several residents, and I feel so good about my work there, which is simply making people happy. So, readers — if you are looking for the perfect opportunity to help older residents in our great Evergreen world — call the center and ask for someone in the activities department. It’s a win/win because, as a friendly visitor, you brighten their day, and feel good about yourself. It doesn’t require much time, but the benefits are huge. The bonus is that you can do this at any time, any day of the week.
Volunteering doesn’t get any better than this.
Judi Kraszewski
Evergreen

Eastwood’s ramblings were lowbrow, offensive, disrespectful
Editor:
In his Sept 5 column, Rob Witwer talked about Clint Eastwood’s “pointed comments” at the Republican convention (“We own this country”). My very different take on Mr. Eastwood was published Sept. 5 in The Denver Post’s The Open Forum.
The Republican convention is already part of the past. But one nightmare continues to haunt me: It’s the memory of Clint Eastwood, who was once the prince of my dreams when he was  the gallant young DJ in “Play Misty for Me.” Years later, he was the crotchety Korean War vet in 2008’s “Gran Torino.” A simple man with dignity. So who was this disheveled old man before us? Have your ever heard such lowbrow, offensive, disrespectful rantings?
Or a speech so filled with hate?
Genie Enders
Evergreen