July 9, 2012

Letters to the editor: Inspection system too costly

It's time to review the vehicle inspection law with the hope of repealing it altogether. Several years ago, Florida repealed its inspection law with no adverse effects.

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Getting an inspection sticker too often leads to expensive work on things that don’t involve vehicle safety, a reader says.

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I recently had an experience that I found hard to believe. There is no visible rust on the car, but apparently an inspector saw the beginning of a little rust when the car was placed on the lift. I was told the body work had to be done to pass inspection -- probably costing thousands of dollars.

The car is in excellent condition with no problems -- good tires, brakes, no visible rust, all lights work, no cracked glass, horn works, etc.

I think the problem is profit. The fee for the standard inspection is low, making for a no-profit situation unless other work can be found, even though it may have nothing to do with car safety. So the ridiculous merry-go-round starts.

This, added to the very high price of gasoline, takes its toll on the family budget.

Repealing the inspection law would put considerable money in the general economy and I believe would be most welcome by hard-pressed car owners.

Only the state legislators can pass the repeal that I sincerely hope will get favorable attention.

Victor G. McNett

Topsham

GOP draws fire for failing to help working Americans

It's easy to tell that the Republicans on Capitol Hill have no ideas to seriously address the economic problems facing the average American. They've changed the subject.

Rep. Darrell Issa, from his perch atop the Government Oversight Committee, fresh off his fruitless Solyndra hearings, has now moved on to another conspiracy: the Fast and Furious operation. This is the same committee that put together the now-infamous "panel on women's health" that didn't feature a single woman or anyone else who dared express an opinion different from Issa, the chairman of the committee.

Not to be outdone in the grandstanding competition, Rep. Peter King has spent most of the last year and a half engaged in xenophobic fear-mongering from his chairman's post at the Homeland Security Committee.

These exercises in political Kabuki theater may provide great fodder for the talk-radio crowd and the talking heads on cable, but can anyone explain to me what they do to help the average American?

In its defense, the GOP-controlled House has gotten around to passing some important pieces of legislation, including, among others, a resolution reaffirming "In God We Trust" as the national motto (sigh of relief there!) and something called the Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act.

Is this the focus on jobs and the economy that voters were promised in 2010?

To his credit, presumptive party nominee Mitt Romney is not content simply to have no ideas, he's diligently trying to recycle failed ideas. He has hired as his top economic advisers two of George Bush Jr.'s chief economic advisers, Glenn Hubbard and Gregory Mankiw.

Yes, the guys who advised the president who oversaw the worst economic collapse since the Depression are now advising the guy who wants to be our next president. With a strategy like that, maybe a do-nothing Republican Congress is a blessing in disguise.

Jeremy Smith

Old Orchard Beach

I couldn't agree more with Thomas Czyz's letter "Gov. LePage gives priority to corporate interests" (June 25).

This is also what is going on in Washington on a national level. With the never-ending "election cycle," politicians in both the House and Senate cater to the corporations and wealthy entities that keep them in office. Both parties are guilty of this, but it is the "right side of the aisle" that is always accusing the left of starting "class warfare."

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