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Gilmore Flashbacks 

F.T. Rea's Back Page ("More Gilmore?" Nov. 7) brought back many memories of Gilmore's disastrous administration and the financial crisis he created. Obviously, Democrats are delighted to have a rigid right-wing ideologue to represent the radical right currently controlling the Virginia Republican Party machinery.

The biggest boondoggle of all was the "No Car Tax" nonsense that, in reality, resulted in an increase in the total cost of the car tax.

I was just looking at my tax bill and see that my total tax bill is $441.79 with my paying $181.13 to Hanover County, then $260.66 (by me or others) in state taxes so that the commonwealth can return this amount to Hanover … and then there is the massive administrative cost to administer this filmflam, which needs to be added to the 100 percent of tax that has already been paid by the taxpayers.

If this were not enough, you can then consider the uneven way the state tax is collected and distributed to the localities in the refund scheme.

With the car-tax scam pretty well exposed, at least we won't have to hear all that nonsense fed back to us, again. Or, maybe Gilmore thinks the voters are not smart enough to sort that out?

John W. Newell
Ashland




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