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Standing Up for Gilmore; How About Mark Warner?

John W. Newell resorts to the old leftist trick of calling Gov. James Gilmore names when you cannot intelligently disagree with issues ("Gilmore Flashbacks," Letters, Nov. 28). One doesn't see people calling the socialist ex-Gov. Mark Warner names. He is not called the radical left-wing ideologue who represents the far left radical wing that has long controlled the Virginia Democratic Party machinery.

Gov. Gilmore is criticized for helping to reduce one of the most onerous regressive taxes in the history of the commonwealth. But Mr. Newell does not criticize the largest tax increase in Virginia's history introduced and supported by Gov. Warner, including the increased sales tax that universally affected every single Virginian, including a disproportionate burden on the poor.

One governor ran his campaign promising a reduction in an unfairly despicable tax and honestly fulfilled his campaign promise. Another candidate ran for governor dishonestly, promising repeatedly not to raise taxes, and before his right arm was barely lowered after taking the oath of office …

Why would one let facts get in the way of opinion? That's what name-calling is for.

Max Maizels

Mr. Newell is correct to notice his car bill still coming and actually growing. The fact of the matter is Gov. Gilmore did everything in his power to end the most unfair obtrusive tax ever levied on the Virginia taxpayer. To tax a depreciating item on values that are not even close to real values is unscrupulous!

It was the governor's hope that the tax would only be levied on values over $20,000 and eventually total elimination would take place just like Gov. Schwarzenegger did in California in his first year as governor. In my 40 years of paying taxes only three politicians have ever given me a cut: President Reagan, President Bush and Gov. Gilmore. Isn't it amazing that the car tax went from a $600 million estimate to $1.5 billion in about six years? State spending increased from $35 billion to $74 billion in 10 years, and it's Gilmore's car tax that caused the problem?

The liberal media did a great job depicting Gov. Gilmore as a scapegoat after 9/11 and the Interstate 95 snipers sucked billions of tax dollars out of the Virginia economy. Just to keep you in the loop, Mr. Newell, the economic impact of 9/11 on the country was over a Trillion with a "T." If you think for one minute that the third floor of the state capitol in the last six years deserves all the credit for Virginia's robust and expanded economy, I have some beach property in Shockoe Slip I want to sell you!

Johnny Cates

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