Printed letters, January 2, 2013

The class-warfare mongers on the left would have you believe that the top 2 percent pay no taxes whatsoever.

According to the Tax Foundation and Daniel Horowitz in Red State, in 2010 the 1 percenters, with the full force of the Bush tax cuts, and including all the so-called loopholes and deductions, paid 37.4 percent of federal income taxes, even though they only earned 18.9 percent of the adjusted gross income in the country. The top 5 percent paid 59.1 percent of income taxes, and the top 10 percent — those earning more than $116,000 — paid 70.6 percent, yet earned 43.1 percent of adjusted gross income.

Do they want blood from these people? We’re talking about job providers and people who donate to charity, big-time.

The problem is federal spending, as well as outdated federal departments and programs that we don’t need, not to mention the Affordable Care Act (using the term loosely, of course). We’re seeing businesses lay off workers, cut hours or completely close down due to the financial burden of this monstrosity.

Don’t even get me started on the implications of Obamacare’s trampling of a business’ religious beliefs in its operations.

PATRICIA PAIZ

Grand Junction

 

Moving our culture forward 
requires critical thinking

I have to wonder: Since folks were certain that the president was wholly responsible when gas prices were pushing $4 a gallon, will they likewise offer him kudos now that a gallon is nearing $2.90? I doubt it very much.

But either way, this is but one example in which early and regular application of critical thinking would be useful. Clear-headed, honest appraisals of the facts regarding any of the difficult issues we face might help us tame our incessantly reactive minds, our dysfunctional emotional states and their external expressions.

Who knows? Rather than remaining mired in useless, polarized bickering, we might even be able to reach consensus and, in so doing, move our culture forward in an adaptive manner for the benefit of all.

MITCHELL GERSHTEN

Paonia

 

Obama should ax wages, 
benefits of legislators

It is my opinion that the surest solution to force our legislators to perform their sworn duty in the question of passing the necessary bills to ensure the fiscal viability for our nation is simply this:

Encourage the president to pass an executive measure to withhold all wages, benefits and access to health care for every single member of the United States House of Representatives and Senate until such time as the bills are formulated, discussed, debated and passed.

Can someone please start that petition to the White House?

WILLIAM LAPLANTE

Austin

 

Gun debate rarely focuses 
on the crimes prevented

In a recent “Letters” section, I found encouraging the possibility of emergence of some level of common sense regarding the tragedy in the Connecticut school.

I especially appreciated Michael Higgins’ subtle reminder of our difference in reaction to another, more common source of much greater tragic, human carnage: our even greater addiction to our automobiles.

It has also been repeatedly stated that there is “no apparent reason” for these senseless slaughters. What about one of the most powerful of human motivators, the senseless craving for personal publicity? Most of us, I’m sure, have known those who appear willing to do nearly any strange, weird thing to see their names in the media.

I’ve had a great 89 years here, but there were a couple of times when I had a gun when needed and I appreciate the Second Amendment. I feel this amendment is the real target of this most recent media blitzkrieg on the gun, an inanimate object.

And, of course, since there appeared to be no intent, or even pretense, of objectivity in the attack, no mention of the guns ever having had any benefit to humanity is offered. This, in spite of the fact that we owe the very existence of our great nation to the gun more than any other device.

The Second Amendment was second for a very good reason, which, we must admit, has not gone away. Consider the following bit of support to this position:

Each month the NRA publishes in its journal, the American Rifleman, reports of incidents of ordinary citizens using guns to prevent major crimes. I just reviewed July through November 2012 entries and found that in that time (about the time from the Aurora theater shooting to the Newtown school shooting) 35 major crimes involving some 40 people were prevented by guns in the hands of ordinary citizens. A dozen of these citizens were over 60 and seven were women.

RAY LASHLEY

Grand Junction

 

Spare some sympathy 
for murderer’s mother

As the mother of a challenged son, I feel for the mother of Adam Lanza. She was not responsible for his murderousness and was the one who tried hardest to help him. Yet she is only casually counted as one of his victims.

SUSAN CUSHMAN

Grand Junction



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