Letters to the Editor

Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Why doesn't DMV refund money if car expires before registration?

Dear Legislator,

I wasn't able to make a donation to the Clinton Library and for that I apologize. Things have been a little tight here since the price of fuel went wild. Of course had the president allowed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the price of fuel may have been lower and I could possibly have afforded the coveted donation.

Speaking of money, I was wondering if you could help a little? It seems your Department of Motor Vehicles figured out a way to steal money from poor people recently. They did this in the name of "streamlining." I can't help but call it "pocket lining." The DMV began renewing vehicle registrations for two years at a time. That is a very wonderful time saver. Except poor people tend to drive poor vehicles, which often retire before the tags.

Does the DMV refund the money? I think not! Even the insurance industry will refund money on the occasion that a vehicle is retired. But not the government.

Why can't people bring their tags back when their vehicle is through and receive a rebate for unused months? They could bring the entire license plate back, to recycle it. What good is a license plate on a vehicle that has been retired? Even with a $5 processing fee this would be worthwhile.

I've been wondering, if an ex-president goes to jail, do we still have to pay the Secret Service to guard him?

Thank you for your consideration,

Worn Wheels Willy, AKA Brent Johnson, Clam Gulch

Boy seeks return of snowmachine which was left by side of K-Beach

To the People of the Kenai Peninsula,

I am 9 years old. My snowmachine broke down along K-Beach Road, just past Bridge Access Road, near the dentist going toward Kasilof. I pushed it to the side of the road and got a ride home.

Since I don't have a trailer, it took awhile to get a hold of enough people to help lift it into a pickup truck. When my dad and I went back to get it with some friends, it was gone.

The Kenai police do not have it. The state troopers do not have it.

I would really like my snowmachine back. It is about eight years old. It is an old Bravo long track. It is black. It has duct tape on the seat and the handle for the pull start is broken. It is not a fast machine. It is not a new machine, but it was MY machine.

If you know anything about who took it, please call me or my dad at 262-5818. If we are not there, please leave us a message. There will be a reward for the return of the machine or information leading to the return of the machine.

I hope someone out there is honest enough to see that I get my snowmachine back.

Dillon Meehan, age 9, K-Beach Elementary School

Act of kindness needs missing mattress to be completed

I'm writing with hope of getting help to recover a queen size mattress that I lost out the back of my truck on Feb. 20 between the Highland Trailer Park and Nikiski around 7:30 p.m.

A week has now passed and our ad in the "lost" section of this newspaper was without results. Our plea for help on Tradio has yielded only one phone call from a woman who said she knows the whereabouts of the mattress but, for some odd reason, would not leave her name or phone number.

I was delivering the mattress to a family who hadn't slept on a bed since September. It is so disheartening that in an attempt to do a kind act for a family in need, my mishap has now led to the loss of the mattress completely.

I'm amazed when I look in your paper's "found" section and see the little things that honest people try to return to the rightful owners such as gloves, helmets, rings, etc. But, when you lose something as big as a queen size mattress, you're out of luck.

The rest of the bed (box spring, rails, headboard) found its way to Nikiski. The bed has sentimental value to me and I would not have given it to just anyone. So, if anyone out there could help me recover this mattress so that I may complete my act of kindness, I would be ever so grateful with no questions asked.

Donna Lohrke, Kenai

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