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Letters to the Editor, June 2, 2013

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Updated: July 3, 2013 6:03AM



Changing the tax laws will fix the jobs situation in U.S.

Jobs have been lost in this country for over 30 years due to our lack of competitiveness. It’s cheaper to go out of the country for most manufacturers than to make products here. People who haven’t lost their jobs are squeezed to do more with less. Sound familiar? How do we fix this?

There a few ways, but two of them are: 1) cut 75 percent out of our wages and benefits (a $20/hour job is reduced to $5/hour ); or 2) change our income tax system. A no-brainer.

There is a bill in Congress, HR25 the Fair Tax bill, that guts the current federal tax on income and replaces it with a tax on consumption of new goods and services. The economy thrives, as good paying jobs return. Without taxes on income, $14 trillion that sits offshore can return to be invested in America.

More than 95 percent of the IRS is no longer needed and the $400 billion that is spent annually to comply with our current tax system can be invested in more productive things. Today’s system penalizes productivity, hard work, investments, savings, and other things Americans and good old common sense tells us to do.

Call your congressman today and tell him to support the Fair Tax Bill.

Anthony Gasbarro

Fairhope, AL

Government involvement is not all about controlling us

Dear Shirley Lind: I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate you reminding me and my family not to trust government. I never heard of a reference to Nazi control vs. our government before — we live under a huge rock in Alabama. Really glad you brought up what could happen in Cyprus — you never know what could happen there or anywhere for that matter. Very pertinent information.

We don’t trust government either. All those rules and taxes make us tired at best and angry at worst. Next thing you know the government will be warning us about smoking and telling us to wear seat belts and we won’t be about to drive after a few Jack’s. Where will it end?

Wil Struggard

Lowell

Cemeteries should not be a place for fun and games

Many of us will be visiting a cemetery this summer to remember those that can no longer be with us. A time and place to teach kids that it is not just a name on a stone but a person that taught us about life, love and making great sacrifices for a better tomorrow. A place that should give the up most respect not hayrides and firework displays.

How are we to expected to teach the younger generation about honoring and respecting the cemetery when Calumet Park refuses to do the same?

Jodie Baron

DeMotte



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