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Reader's view: Nolan's response to request disheartening, shortsighted

I recently wrote an e-mail to U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan asking for his help with a user-fee issue with the Experimental Aircraft Association. This is a national organization that represents many of Nolan's constituents, similar to many organizations h...

I recently wrote an e-mail to U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan asking for his help with a user-fee issue with the Experimental Aircraft Association. This is a national organization that represents many of Nolan's constituents, similar to many organizations he often assists. The response I received was disheartening and shortsighted.

I was told Nolan could not help me because the fee being imposed was not in his district. He suggested I contact the U.S. representative from the Oshkosh, Wis., area, as that's where the Experimental Aircraft Association is located.

But I did not help elect an Oshkosh man to represent me. I voted for Nolan. I helped choose him to assist with shaping how our nation is managed.

I ask he reconsider his stand on the obligations he has on this issue. He is a member of the House Transportation Committee. This problem of user fees is not an Oshkosh issue. It is a national issue.

These user fees will shut down aviation for all but the rich and famous. This is a limited group, and they do not comprise a majority of the pilots in this nation. Most pilots are more like me, buying airplanes they can't really afford and giving up other things for their dream of flying. If these people are cut out of the scene with high user fees who will buy the planes our nation wishes to produce? Who will even buy the castoffs of our wealthier friends after they buy new Cirrus or Cessna aircraft?

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This issue is part of Rep. Nolan's responsibilities. I hope he sees fit to place the proper priority on stopping these new fees (read "taxes").

Richie Mattson

Saginaw, Minn.

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