Letters to the Editor

Charismatic leader

I was very happy to read in the Nov. 18 newspaper that professor Dr. Carolyn Long is running for Congress in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

She was my scholastic adviser and instructor of Constitutional Law at Washington State University Vancouver. She is one of the smartest people I have personally known. She is incredibly energetic, extremely knowledgeable about all things government, charismatic and a genuinely nice person.

I could go to the thesaurus to find more superlatives that would be appropriate, but I’m sure you get my gist.

I recently saw her for the first time in about 13 years and my positive recollections were confirmed.

My request to all voters is that you withhold commitment to any candidate in the 3rd CD until you have met her or heard her speak. If you then think you have a better candidate, go for that candidate, but hear Dr. Carolyn Long first.

I hope for at least one debate with U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dr. Long in each county of the district during the campaign.

Dave Van Curen

Longview

In the genes

Someone once mused that political bias might be genetic. That could explain why those who castigate Trump for sexual innuendos brushed aside Bill Clinton’s dalliances. Those decrying the “deficit bloat” in the GOP tax plan were mostly silent when under Obama the national debt soared to new highs. They call out to tax the rich but then complain that New York, New Jersey and California (states where most of the wealthy live) are being punished the most with the tax plan. Does a cap of $10,000 on the deduction for state income tax really affect anyone but the rich? Who pays more than $10,000 in state taxes? The cap does not affect at all what the states collect in state taxes. Why all of the hand wringing?

But, just like facts and rational arguments will never change a person’s eye color or hair color, it seems that no rational discussion will ever change a person’s political perspective. Perhaps it is genetic. If so, we are doomed.

Dan Myers

Kelso

America’s backbone

As I listen to the drum beat from the left that says, “The new tax code is tax breaks for the rich, and little for the middle class,” I would wonder if the drummers ever thought about how reducing the corporate tax from 35 percent to 21 percent impacts the small business owner in this country?

Our small businesses are the backbone of the country, with most of them in the middle class income range. They have struggled during the last administration because of excessive regulations, mandatory high health care costs and one of highest taxes for corporations in the world.

Trump got elected because he wanted to help these people, he listened to them, and they in return voted him into office.

Now he is keeping his promises. Some may say, he not helping the middle class that much, but I think most would agree that $3,000 more in their pocket a year is good help. But, it is going to help small businesses the most, and that in turn helps everyone because of jobs.

Becky Aheren

Kelso

Social Security raise

After three years of no Social Security raises, I’m happy to know I’ll be getting a 2 percent raise in 2018. After the increased insurance premium deductions for Medicare and prescription drug coverages, I will see a whopping $2.20 monthly increase on my Social Security check. Being the generous person that I am, I’ve decided to share the wealth with four of my favorite charities by adding 44 cents to my yearly donation to each. Happy New Year!

Virginia Crouse

Longview