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Letters: No one owed citzenship

Compiled by Vail Daily staff
Vail CO, Colorado

Citizenship isn’t owed

In response to the story “Immigration battle may split family”:

From my perspective, that of an Australian who has lived and worked in the U.S. legally, I feel that the gentleman who is being asked to return to his own country is being treated more than fairly. This may sound harsh, but he did the wrong thing in the first place, and should have to return home to wipe the slate clean, if he can. He arrived in this country illegally a number of years ago and upon meeting the woman he wanted to marry, should have then returned to his home country to sort out a legal status ” before having children, who are the ones I feel most sorry for in this situation.

I have worked in the U.S. for two ski seasons here at Beaver Creek. I have filled out numerous forms, paid fees and bought expensive plane tickets. In short, I have done everything that was required of me to maintain a legal working status in this country. However, at the start of August, I (along with many others) was given 30 days to return to my home country, having had first an application for a summer working visa and then a tourist visa to stay for the summer denied. I am leaving a boyfriend, apartment and friends as well as a lifestyle I enjoy, to ensure I can maintain a legal status in the U.S.

Would I consider staying on illegally? Of course not, I do not expect any special treatment or to be able to ignore the laws of this country just because I have a boyfriend and apartment here. On Aug. 28, I will return to my home country on the other side of the globe (not just across the border), fill out more paperwork, pay more fees and hopefully return to the U.S. again as a legal worker.

Why should those who arrive in this country illegally get special treatment and be allowed to simply stay on and be given citizenship when people like me (and I am by no means on my own in this situation), who have done all the work involved in being here legally, must return home? I understand this gentleman has a home, wife and children here, but he should have considered his legal status as a necessity to creating a stable life in the U.S. for himself before starting a family. Did he just assume that marriage and children would give him automatic citizenship?

I’m sorry, but there are rules and processes to be followed in any country if you wish to become a citizen. Bite the bullet, sort it out and come back as a legal citizen.

Kelly Ure

Where’d the money go?

I applaud the Vail Daily Editorial Board on its “Our View” in the Vail Daily on Friday, Aug. 24 regarding the taxation of construction materials as a “use tax.”

A use tax is generally the way that taxing authorities collect the applicable sales tax that is otherwise not properly collected. For example, a resident who buys something out of state would be subject to sales tax if bought in state. They are supposed to remit the applicable tax as a “use tax.”

Because most construction materials are purchased by contractors outside the Town of Vail, they pay the applicable sales tax at the point of purchase to the selling vendor. The Town of Vail Code (Section 4-3-3-6) states “All sales of construction and building materials, as such term is used in Colorado Revised Statutes section 29-2-109, if such materials are picked up by the purchaser or if the purchaser of such materials gives to the retailer a building permit number” are exempt from sales tax.

However, the contractor still pays the state sales tax that trickles down to the locality.

The contractor also includes the taxes he pays in the cost of his job.

So therefore, the Vail Town Council is in reality considering turning this into a consumer tax, when in fact, the sale of realty is not subject to sales tax. In its report to the town in January 2007, the Town Council had a “projected deficit” of $1 million for the year 2007 and about an $8 million shortage in the ability to fund capital projects in the next five years. Now the town has an estimated shortfall of $30 million In her memorandum dated July 27, 2007 to the Town Council on June sales tax, Sally Lorton states “I’ll collect another $30,000 in June sales tax to bring June collections to $948,007. If so, we will be up 23 percent (emphasis added) or $177,820 from budget and up 17.71 percent (emphasis added) or $142,645 from June 2005.”

Please correct me if I am wrong, but if you annualize that it covers far more than a $1 million deficit.

Councilman Greg Moffet states that the town taxes baby food. Talk about taxation without representation! Before we vote for more taxes, a complete accounting should be made by the Town Council and well before the November election.

Jeff Lasky

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