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$2 monthly increase creates a dilemma

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Dear Editor:

Mr. Fick totally missed the point of my letter regarding the CPW fishing license fee increase. I was using the CPW fee as an example as to how our society cares for its citizens.

Sports figures get multi-million-dollar a year contracts for playing instead of doing a real job, entertainment stars (?) get multi-million dollar incomes, business CEOs and school superintendents get mega-buck termination packages for "wrongdoings," politicians vote themselves huge pay and retirement (after one year) packages, etc., etc. etc. The pay for police, fire fighters, school teachers (not administrators) and our military is quite often at or just above the "food stamp" level.

Let me, if I may, continue with the subject of the $8 increase for my fishing license. (Yes DCI, it was free previous to 2019; the $1 is part of all hunting and fishing licenses fees. Twenty-five cents is used for the search and rescue fund, 75 cents for education programs with CPW. (Data per CPW, Grand Junction office.) I received a 2.8 percent increase in my Social Security benefits for the year 2019. Medicare insurance increased by 12.2 percent. After doing all the math (adding and subtracting), I get a whopping $2 per month increase for 2019!

Now my dilemma is: Where do I use that $2? Do I put it towards the $8 for a fishing license? Or should I apply it to one of the many other more important living needs (food, housing, taxes, transportation, etc.), which I know without question will also increase in 2019.

I guess I need financial advice. What do I do?

Larry M. Head
Hotchkiss

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