Letters to the Editor for June 28, 2013


Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 2:41 p.m.

Regressive tax

In a recent article, two Alachua County commissioners, Susan Baird and Mike Byerly, agreed on principle to the idea of restructuring the county's tax base in favor of a higher sales tax versus higher property taxes. Byerly even went so far as to say that a sales tax is more progressive for residents than property taxes.

Commissioner Byerly could not be more wrong. The sales tax is the very definition of a regressive tax, meaning that the poor and economically challenged are the ones most vulnerable to increases in the sales tax versus property taxes. How disheartening to know that members of our commission seem to have such a gross misunderstanding of what constitutes progressive versus regressive taxation!

Worse yet is to think of those in our community who, already under heavy financial strain, will have continue to suffer the adverse effects of such ineptitude, via higher and higher sales taxes. We simply cannot allow such basic, harmful misconceptions to continue.

Steven Craig,

Newberry

Very weak

We were told by President Obama that there was a red line and there would be dire consequences when this line was crossed. We now know that the leader of Syria used chemical weapons on his people and killed many.

Obama announced that he was considering what he would do. You would think that he would already have a plan in place since he made such a bold statement. After criticism, he says now that he will send arms to assist the rebels. Very weak indeed.

World leaders are laughing at our president's incompetence and weakness. As scandal after scandal roll out of this White House, the real shame is the way this failure of a president was shielded by the media during his campaign.

They failed to report the truth about a man who had never ran a business or held an executive position. Those of us that opposed Obama knew this would happen.

Dean Tate,

Newberry

Don't build

I can't claim to be a finance expert, but it seems to me that if the University Corners developer doesn't think he is going to make a profit at what he builds, then he should not build.

That this city would even even consider letting him have 80 percent of the property tax revenues for 30 years is outrageous. It is estimated to be $69 million, meaning it equates to $2.3 million per year.

Our city leaders believe he will bring something of value to the city. Without the tax revenues, that only leaves minimum-wage jobs without health insurance and a nightmare of traffic.

Thanks to Todd Chase and Ed Braddy for their dissent. I do vote and I will remember.

Glenn Smith,

Gainesville

Throwing mud

If you throw enough mud against a wall some of it may stick. When your opinions are shaped by preconceived or tainted and incomplete information, this mud takes on a life of its own.

Even before taking office, President Obama was painted as anti-American, anti-constitution, Muslim and a radical by certain news networks. Since that time, he has been accused of scandals involving Operation Fast and Furious, Benghazi and most recently the IRS.

Recently we have learned that the information presented by Republican Darrell Issa accusing Obama of a connection to the IRS scandal was incomplete. When the entire information was revealed, it was shown to be slanted and false.

Yet there are still anti-Obama people incorrectly connecting him to this issue and others. Unfortunately, the mud has been thrown. Incorrect as most of it is, it sticks for those who want it to stick.

Boyd Rasmussen,

Gainesville

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