Who should pay more taxes? Should someone earning millions of dollars a year letting his stockbroker manage his portfolio pay more than a middle-class working family? Who do you think is paying more?
I think a working couple, say a nurse and a plumber with a child, should pay a lower tax rate than George Soros. Fortunately for George, billionaires don’t pay as much in taxes as middle class families.
Middle class families pay income taxes probably in the 25 percent to 28 percent bracket. The truly rich make their money on investments, and they don’t pay income taxes — they pay capital gains taxes.
They miss President Bush when the capital gains tax was 15 percent. President Obama raised it to 23.8 percent, still less than most working families are paying. He has proposed raising it again to 28 percent so they would be paying the same as the rest of us.
My friends on the right call the president a socialist and talk about redistribution and class warfare. These are scary and very un-American words.
When you hear them, ask yourself if it’s fair to raise taxes on the richest 1 percent of Americans so that they have to pay as much as the plumber, teacher, firefighter, carpenter or office worker living next door to you.
Ask yourself if it’s more fair, more American, for the richest people on earth to pay a lower tax rate than you do. Then ask yourself what you think about the president’s plan for tax reform.
A big thank you to Leonard Pitts for his Jan. 25 column.
Finally, someone had the courage to state exactly the purpose of Fox News with its blatant lies and paranoia.
Mr. Pitts dared to tell what a danger this network is to our democracy.
Thank you, Mr. Pitts.
Groves Manor Court
By printing the long-debunked myth in a Jan. 20 letter titled “Climate change,” that scientists in the time of Columbus believed in a flat Earth, The Post and Courier does a disservice to whatever rational debate still remains about the topic.
No educated person has believed in a flat Earth since the ancient Greeks elegantly and irrefutably worked out both our planet’s shape and its approximate size.
Science deniers use this spurious claim about 15th century flat-earthers so often that the practice even has its own Wikipedia entry. Early 20th century deniers damaged their cause by deploying the false notion of Columbus-era ignorance to try to discredit another majority of scientists: The majority who recognized the reality of evolution, now the sine qua non of modern macro- and microbiological understanding.
Of course, scientific hypotheses have often been wrong. The acceptance of this is the great strength of science, not its weakness.
The process of science is defined by patient and disciplined self-correction. Scientific consensus, while it may be incorrect, is vastly more likely to be right than the results of any other method of determining material truth we humans have discovered.
There is a lot of talk about roads — the need for them and the money for them. I would like to know why the holes that are patched don’t last or stay in place.
My experience is when a bad spot is patched the area is not level or smooth. In no time at all the area comes apart, making a larger area. An area of the Westmoreland Bridge heading into West Ashley has been redone at least four times, and it needs it again.
About four weeks ago the road in front of Oakland School was paved, and it is already coming up. We need to look at the asphalt that is used.
My wife often asks me if I don’t have time to do something right the first time, how will I find time to do it over.
She also tells me she is always right.
With baseball season approaching, I think it is important that the subject of fan safety be discussed more seriously.
On Aug. 14 this past year at Riley Park, a right-handed hitter for the Rome Braves lined a foul ball on about a 35 degree arc from the ground into the bleachers behind first base.
I watched the ball from my seat on the visitors side behind home plate. As the ball went into the crowd, a stocky man jumped out of his seat and pointed toward the seat behind him.
When I looked back toward the field, the batter was bent over with his hands on his knees. He and the players and umpires stared up into the stands toward where the ball landed for a minute or two.
Riverdogs staff members rushed to the location and about 20 minutes later the Charleston Fire Department arrived on the scene and transported the fan to a hospital. A young woman had been hit in the head.
A baseball game is a dangerous place to be. Roy Chapman, a major league player, was killed by a pitched ball. More recently, Luis Salazar, the manager of Atlanta’s Class A team in Lynchburg, Va., lost an eye after being hit by a ball.
Thousands of grade school children attend Riverdogs games on special occasions. I have a fear that one day a child will be killed or suffer a permanent injury.
Ball parks can be made much safer. The people who run baseball seem to expect a certain number of fan injuries each year. That attitude needs to change.
In the meantime, fans should keep their heads up and bring gloves if they plan to sit in dangerous areas of the park.
Gary H. Knight
Old State Road
I’m pretty conservative politically. Maybe just barely to the left of Atilla the Hun. Therefore, I am against virtually all of the federal mandates on auto manufacturers. I believe the free market should be allowed to work.
However, there is one mandate I could enthusiastically support. Many states and localities have laws regarding cell phone use, either calling or texting. They are not working. Pull up to any intersection and check out what’s going on in the cars around you. Unless it is driving while intoxicated (and that’s doubtful), I know of nothing as dangerous as texting while driving.
There should be a requirement that if a car’s ignition is on, all cell phones in the car are disabled. Perhaps a beep would let you know a text had come in or a different beep might indicate a call, but you could not see from whom. If you’re expecting an important call you could pull over and turn the ignition off to respond. With today’s technologies, I’m sure a handful of engineers could work out the details and nuances in no time. All 2016 models should be so equipped and older cars should be required to be retrofitted.
Quantity care over quality care seems to be the VA’s latest mission. With the push to meet ever increasing head count quotas so that every patient is seen in 30 days or less, the quality of care I once received has all but disappeared.
The hospital is understaffed and forced to spend less time planning and following each patient’s care in order to herd as many patients as possible through.
It is a shame and a disgrace that our country is not there to give those who willingly served our country the quality care that they have earned.
We send billions of dollars a year to other countries, but forget the ones who sacrificed to ensure our freedoms.
The least the VA and our government can do is send veterans to civilian doctors and hospitals so they will have a fighting chance to live.
As a cancer patient, my life hangs in the balance of their actions — or lack thereof.
Paul D. Glenn