As the Galveston City Council hashes out a fresh ordinance meant to address safety of golf carts and other neighborhood electric vehicles, it should slow its roll on imposing what would essentially be a new tax on islanders.

The city council, inspired by complaints about slow-moving golf carts and dangerous behavior by cart users on Seawall Boulevard and other main island thoroughfares, is right to act.

 Laura Elder: 409-683-5248; laura.elder@galvnews.com.

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Don Schlessinger

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Charlotte O'rourke

I think it is a good suggestion to waive all the fees except the plate fee as the law requires a $10 license plate fee that doesn’t expire.

The law also intends golf carts to stay in neighborhoods as the cart shouldn’t travel over 2 miles from where the cart resides.

REGINALD LACKEY

Let me stress two things. The safety issues are clear and present and must be addressed. T

The residents should not be punished with a higher than the norm fee because the city goofed.

Don Schlessinger

"The residents should not be punished with a higher than the norm fee because the city goofed." It's sad that residents have to put up with this kind of carelessness from out city council. To me it's proof positive our mayor and city council only recognize us as residents right before a city election. Outside of that we citizens of the city are considered tourists.

Bill Broussard

Don. Clearly we don’t rate even that high. We are somewhere between tourists and amoeba

We’ve been funding their frenzy for development and tourists for years now while they talk with us like we are stupid and can’t see what we see

Laura was too king and gentle in her column

Bill Broussard

Don. Here’s an example of us being elevated amoeba right off of today’s front page re: residents “

“The work has caused some ire among residents along the street, but city officials hope the project will create a more stable and secure source of water for growing West End neighborhoods.

“ The work has caused some ire among residents along the street, but city officials hope the project will create a more stable and secure source of water for growing West End neighborhoods.”

Norman Pappous

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Wayne D Holt

Laura is right over the target. In grand Galveston tradition, you will see fees immediately put in place and collected while enforcement will get the royal wave from a distance. Money coming in = GREAT! Enforcement reaching out = MEH.

We have a professional police force. We have state and local laws that are already on the books. What we are lacking is a mayor and council that makes enforcement a priority for those passing through as much as it comes down hard on the plebeian residents all year long. Our downtown condo building received a letter of code violation for having one weed above allowed height in the alley behind our building. Thank you for your service!

Galveston's streets have so many unorthodox vehicles on them it already looks like the parking lot for the Starwars bar scene. Here's a tip: don't fixate on how to squeeze us with yet more fees than you already do. Use some of that collective brain power to figure out why you won't enforce laws the way your oath of office requires.

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