Letters to the Editor

What you’re saying: Bob Saunders, Jamie Huff

Travel with chamber to China

Almost 10 years ago I traveled to China for a nine-day tour organized by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.

We visited Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou. We walked on the Great Wall, toured the Forbidden City, walked in Tiananmen Square, took pictures of the Temple of Heaven, saw silk being made, and visited a tea plantation. The adventure, cities, the gardens, the people, the experience were unforgettable. When I learned that the Chamber was organizing another trip, and with China in the news so much lately, I wanted to share my experience and encourage others to consider joining other locals in visiting China this fall.

The next trip (the third they have organized) is open to the public and scheduled for October 17-26, 2017. The deadline to sign up is Friday, July 14.

Like their recent two trips to Cuba, the Chamber’s trip is a familiarization and cultural experience trip, not a business trip and all community members are welcome. For more information visit www.carolinachamber.org/china or stop by the Chamber office on Estes Drive in Chapel Hill.

Bob Saunders

Chapel Hill

Government accounting

Tuesday’s Herald Sun featured an opinion piece by Leonard Pitts glorifying the American tax system and criticizing the GOP’s opposition to the taxes hard-working Americans have to pay. He declared that taxes supported the greater good and a greater nation. He also declared that he wasn’t supporting wasteful government spending.

I have to wonder if he has an answer for why $8.5 trillion went unaccounted for in 2015 and under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s watch $6 billion went missing in the State Department. I’m not just pulling these numbers out of a hat. Those of you who have access to a computer go to a site called The Fiscal Times for a breakdown of the money spent and unaccounted for.

I have been an American taxpayer since the day I got my first job over 40 years ago and I have been a registered Republican since 1995. I am not opposed to paying taxes but I am most definitely opposed to throwing those tax dollars away and spending them on government programs that do not work.

This is a lot of money unaccounted for. Is it going into our representative’s pockets, Democrat and Republican?

Personal responsibility is also a key factor. Entitlement programs have changed the course of this nation and they most definitely haven’t always been for the good.

There needs to be a better system in place to account for how our tax dollars are spent.

Jamie Huff

Oxford

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