Letters to the Editor

Political persuasion

On page 4 of Oct. 26 Wall Street Journal it’s reported in the run-up to the election of 2012 the IRS did intentionally slow walk Tea Party or Patriot named applications for 501©3 non-profit status effectively keeping them unfunded and sidelined in that campaign.

The IRS will pay “up to $10 million and issue letters of apology” to the groups cheated out of participating. Never mind it’s a pittance, that not one IRS employee was fired, or that U.S. taxpayers will ultimately foot the bill.

The findings also mention that the IRS was actively looking at donor lists of those same groups. That’s inauspicious if you’re conservative.

Simultaneously it’s reported the Clinton campaign paid a law firm $12 million who hired a smear group called Fusion GPS commissioning Christopher Steele, a respected British spook who turned to the Russians to come up with the content for the now infamous “dossier”’ on Trump and Russian collusion.

The Clinton campaign expenditure wasn’t even reported as “opposition research.” There may be a small fine.

Then, former FBI director Comey used the dossier which reads like a gossip column to justify the formation of the Mueller Investigation into Trump-Russian collusion.

Congress must reassert its Constitutional authority over these two agencies and assure citizens they will never be targeted because of their political persuasion.

Wayne Mayo

Scappoose, Oregon

Corporations blameless

Friday’s (Nov. 24) editorial on the Viewpoint page, “Truth on taxes,” was an excellent piece of journalism. In this era of instant knowledge, the persistence of misinformation is truly astounding. Articles like this provide essential enlightenment.

A personal favorite is “corporations don’t pay their ‘fair share’ of taxes.” A moment’s thought concludes, corporations, unlike national governments, can’t just print money. Therefore, they have to obtain tax funding in other ways, e.g., by increasing product pricing, by decreasing product cost (employee wages/benefits), or by decreasing shareholders’ profits (if it’s a public corporation). If the company is in a competitive business, the corporation can’t simply stiff their shareholders, who’ll go elsewhere. So, they cut wages/benefits or increase product prices. Who pays the increased prices or suffers lowered wages?

Corporations are blameless for the government money collecting scheme called “corporate taxes.” Federal tax policies in the U.S. are codified by 279 people; they can change it anytime they want, so the conclusion must be — Congress wants taxes just as they are.

Doug Spittler


Fair and equal

Again we see unfair tax and fees directed to the western and rural states residents, with fee increases to National Parks out west. For decades our natural wonders in the west have charged entry fees. But, remain under funded year after year.

While the National Mall and memorial parks back east, draw over 25 million visitors per year, more than Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon National Park combined, with no entry fee.

The National Mall Park Units are some of the most expensive to operate and maintain, with their added security cost.

My recommendation to our elected leaders, step up, introduce entry fees to the National Mall and memorial parks back east.

A charge of $1 dollar per person would generate an additional $25 million dollars to the National Park budget. Why should these man made, tax dollar paid for park units be free, and we be charged to visit our natural wonders.

All national park units should be fair and equal to access, if fee’s are going to be charged they should be charge in the east and west, at every location.

Mark Smith