I have a difference of opinion regarding the story, ``Calif. association opposes proposed tax on new tires,'' that appeared in your Jan. 22 issue. Not with the concept, because no one is in favor of any tax increases, but with the whole premise. As I told your reporter, the chance of the Modesto Energy project getting the California state legislature and the Governor to sign (a proposed tax on new tires) is nil.
We are in constant touch with our legislative advocate, Terry Leveille, and he assured the good people of Southern California of the fact that no one (even a crazy place like Sacramento) would pass any bills that are tax increases-let alone a bill that sends money to one entity.
What happened, as I explained, was that the Western States Tire & Automotive Service Association took this as an opportunity to make a mailing to our membership to tell them that ``the sky is falling'' and that they should send in donations or membership money so that the WSTASA could keep up its ``good work.''
I guess that when you sign up all of the members in Northern California you have to find new markets for your products, and the surrounding areas always look good. The whole scheme gives ``carpet baggers'' a bad name.
Thank you very much for setting the record straight. We may not be the smartest people in the world, but we would never let a proposal fee increase get by without a fight.
Edwin J. Cohn
Southern California Tire, Automotive, and
Retread Services Association