Letters to the Editor for Oct. 1, 2012

By Baker City Herald readers October 01, 2012 09:56 am

Economic recovery will come from bottom, not top

Recently (Herald, Sept. 5) a letter writer and friend of mine called politicians who want to tax the rich and give to the poor “modern Robin Hoods.” (In the Robin Hood myth, Robin Hood was the good guy and the Sheriff of Nottingham was the bad guy.)

Mitt Romney has recently (incorrectly) complained that the lower 47 percent, the “dependent poor,” pay no taxes at all, while releasing just two years of his own income tax returns.

Neither my friend nor Romney mentions that 100 percent of the nation’s 500 biggest corporations are dependent on “corporate welfare,” such as subsidies, bailouts, and tax loopholes. Also not mentioned is the fact that many of our biggest corporations pay no taxes at all, examples: General Electric, Pepco, and Verizon.  

Romney pejoratively calls benefits received by the 47 percent “entitlements,” while approvingly calling corporate benefits “incentives.” 

Since I started this letter with a myth, there’s another myth, or half truth, Republicans want voters to believe: lowering taxes on the rich will lead to job creation.  

Independent tax studies show that more jobs are created when the rich are taxed more and the middle class and poor are taxed less. Spending power promotes consumption, thereby giving manufacturers a market for their products.  

Recovery from the recession will come from the bottom up, not top down. You’ll get the former voting for Obama, and the latter voting for Romney.

Gary Dielman

Baker City

Flier convinces me to call for Burroughs’ resignation

I sent a copy of this letter to Lynne Burroughs:

Ms Burroughs: After checking out the websites listed in your most recent flier, I have decided that your flier contains nothing useful to me. It’s character assassination and nothing more. After further investigation, I have decided to sign the petition for your recall. You have given an example of very bad citizenship to me and to the students in  the 5J School District.  

But rather than go through the cost of recall, as you have pointed out is expensive, money, time and energy consuming, I request you resign your position on the 5J District School Board  immediately. 

Kyle Knight has had nothing to do with my decision or my request for your resignation. Your fliers have done a much better job of showing you are poorly qualified as an educator in this public office than your worst enemy could. 

Lyndelle McCoy

Baker City