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USA: Letter writer lists the reasons he likes his Chevy Volt

Driver expects to save money by driving Volt
I am writing in response to Frederick Fleischmann’s comments regarding the Chevy Volt.
As a proud owner of a 2012 Volt, I would like to share some facts.
My Volt cost me $43,000, which minus the $7,500 tax credit (enacted under Bush), leaves $35,500.
The average price for a new car is $30,000, meaning I spent $5,500 more than the average.
My charging station cost me nothing. (Paid for by Consumers Energy.)
My commute is 32 electric miles per day, 6 days per week.
Each charge costs well under $1.
The average new car gets 24.1 mpg. My commute in the average car at $3.85 per gallon would cost $5.11 in fuel.
I will have paid back the cost difference in 4.2 years.
I use very little gas, but when I need to travel longer distances, I get 37 mpg highway.
I bought my Volt to help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I bought it to support an American company that stuck its neck out and developed a truly revolutionary technology that can help us move into a future where we will need to learn to use less oil. I bought it because I hate to see how the Volt has been politicized. (It was started in 2007 and championed by Bob Lutz, an outspoken Republican.) I bought it because it is the car I wanted.
I did not buy my Chevy Volt to save money, but I will.
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Guns have no place in churches
As a pastor for more than 60 years, I was shocked to hear of the bill in Lansing being considered related to carrying guns in churches, schools and public events.
For me, there is no question that guns have no place in churches. I am thankful that some of the disagreements that we had over the years were settled by reason and not with guns.
After all the killings in schools in recent years, how can any sane person even consider allowing people carrying guns there? After watching the riots following soccer, basketball and other sports events, I can’t imagine what would happen if those people were carrying concealed weapons.
I realize that the Second Amendment states that “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
That, however, was written to allow us to establish a militia to fight off the British and other enemies. It was never intended to promote the right of average citizens to carry weapons into churches, schools and other public gatherings or to settle road rage or other disagreements among ourselves.

Should we eliminate tax-exempt status for churches?
In response to Mr. Dykstra of Jenison claiming that “his” tax dollars are supporting the MEA agenda: Using that highly illogical train of thought, I propose that we eliminate the tax-exempt status of every church that counts public school employees among its congregants.
After all, MY tax dollars shouldn’t go to a church I may not support.
JOHN KLEFF/Grand Rapids

Let’s hope columnist never needs a Taser
I’m writing to respond to Andrew Heller’s negative column about Tasers.
Tasers in Michigan? It’s about time! We are only one of eight states to prohibit them.
I’ve spoken with sheriff deputies about the issue, and they agree that citizens should be able to carry a Taser for personal defense.
Mr. Heller said there is “no compelling reason” to legalize the practice. How about giving people a less-than-lethal option when defending themselves?


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