Letters to the editor

Mar. 16, 2013 @ 11:35 AM

Speaking of icebergs ...
With comments made to March 12 letters in mind, one should look no further than the wasteland of the Garden State as an example of what to expect from Gov.Pat McCrory's approach of bringing businesses to North Carolina (and when I say wasteland, I "ain't" talking Hurricane Sandy).
Many corporations were (past tense) drawn to states like New Jersey (most likely during both Democrat and Republican administrations) for the very same reasons McCrory is sweetening the pot to have them relocate here. And when another state offers even more incentive for the corporation to relocate (this is just a matter of time), the corporation packs up and moves on, leaving native residents to deal with the devastating aftermath, hyper-inflated real estate prices (once they go up, they don't easily come down) and super heavy taxes on the same.
Of course, if one has an income such as the leaders of the organizations making the deals (McCrory's cronies), it doesn't matter. It's the native population that never really benefits from such deals who suffer the most, for the deal makers use their influence to keep their taxes virtually non-existent while leaving those with "good paying jobs" to carry the burden.
With this looming iceberg melt in mind, if one wishes to remain unsinkable, one better build an ark. 
John Rhodes
Efland


Balanced-budget problem

Ernie Wendell says he knows his March 13 letter "will fall on deaf ears" and that it’s not a revenue problem, but a spending problem.

What Washington has is a "balanced-budget" problem, which neither party seems to show concern for when in control. It would accomplish better results if all of us would direct our complaints to our Washington representatives. I've written two letters in the past six months to mine. I wonder how many Wendell has written?

We create our spending problems when government decreases its revenue by giving tax cuts/breaks/loopholes to the largest corporations and wealthiest Americans. If President Obama agreed to cut $5 trillion in spending this year, Republicans would soon be back wanting more tax cuts. Their solution to everything has been "trickle down economics" which practically every economist has shown, for the past 30-plus years, favors the wealthiest and penalizes the poorest Americans.

We can not continue giving tax breaks to the largest corporations and citizens in hopes of jobs, then offset the lost revenues on the backs of everyone else with spending cuts. In 2009, one-fourth of the 400 richest Americans (incomes above $200 million) paid under a 15 percent tax rate. None paid at the highest  rate, and six paid no taxes.

Who are the "takes and makers"? By Romney's 47 percent takers standard, they qualified. It's not about taxes to Republicans, but about wealth distribution to the richest Americans. Many poor do not choose to be poor. Please show some empathy. 

Douglas Melton

Durham

Why are Republicans sore winners?

This was the only "battleground state" won by Mitt Romney. The GOP pushed for and won an amendment to marginalize gays by denying them the right to marriage. We elected a Republican governor with a Republican majority in the legislature.

The party of Romney wants to give the gift of voter ID. Number of fraudulent votes cast? Fifteen. What about the expense of DMV issuing cards? Charge money for a card, then it becomes a poll tax.

It's to discourage the poor, minorities and elderly from exercising their God-given right to vote. Yes, it's God given. Because "all men are created equal," remember? The Lord doesn't hand out plastic ID cards.

Who's going to pay for the voter ID's? Didn't Raleigh just tell Washington we didn't want their Medicaid dollars because we didn't know how it would be paid for?

Tony Madejczyk

Durham