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It’s time for the people to demand end to loophole


To all of the people who shake their heads and say we disagree wholeheartedly with some of the actions of our elite elected officials who always know what is best for us, and just want to perpetuate their term in office, wake up.


Isn’t it we, the people, who should be proctoring our government’s and making sure our representatives are looking after us rather than themselves? There are many actions that I and others I talk to should be taking to benefit all the citizens rather than a chosen “lawyered up” few.


The first I want to address is the Delaware Tax “Loophole”. Large corporations pay little tax in our state. We lose an estimated $400 million every year through this disengenuous tax scheme. Small busineses end up paying a disproportionate share of business taxes, as well as you and I.


Most Marcellus Shale companies that are making huge sums of money in our state deflect their Pennsylvania income from tax contributions. It remindsme me of the old robber coal barons who had an infamous history in our state. They were in cahoots with the state government. Where does our governor and our state Legislature stand on this issue? As stated previously, the Department of Revenue reported that Pennsylvgania taxpayers lose more than $400 million a year through this loophole. Thirty-five of 45 states have taken steps to crack down on tax loopholes through add-backs or inventory combined reporting. And 97 percent of all corporations in Pennsylvania still operate in states that have closed the loophole.


Governor, Legislature: you need money for crumbling bridges and highways that some of these same corporations are traveling and helping foster the deterioration of our infra-structure. Close the loophole, do not keep taxing the middle class taxpayers who just had a 2 percent rise in their Social Security taxes.


President Obama rails against the Cayman Islands and its tax loopholes, but I have heard nothing from him or Vice-President Biden who just happens to live in Delaware, mount any criticism of this tax loophole.


I firmly suggest that all interested taxpayers send a barrage of telephone calls to their governor and state Representatives and insist they close this loophole. Remember this is a government of the people.


Clarence Michael

Dallas

God bless the animals and Meatless Mondays, too


I was delighted to learn that the newly elected pope chose for himself the name of St. Francis of Assisi, generally known as patron saint of the animals. Indeed, Catholic and Anglican churches hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of Oct. 4.


On one of his nature walks, Francis reportedly preached to the birds and is often portrayed with a bird in his hand. On another occasion, Francis concluded a pact with a ferocious wolf that was terrorizing local townsfolk, whereby the wolf would quit preying on the town’s sheep in exchange for being fed regularly. He even persuaded local dogs to stop harassing the wolf. He freed a rabbit from a trap, returned caught fish to their stream and fed half-frozen bees in winter time.


I hope that Pope Francis will inspire Catholics and all persons of goodwill to show non-human animals the respect and compassion they so richly deserve, particularly when it comes to subsidizing their abuse and slaughter for food at the checkout counter. Joining the Meatless Mondays trend may be a good start.


Wilbur Tillman

Wilkes-Barre


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