2019-03-16 / Viewpoints


Reinvent Taxes

Dear editor:

We make a very bad choice when we look to politicians and government for solutions. The best they can do is take from some and give to others.

This builds a large ruling class politicians and unelected officials. The results are more socialism, undermining capitalism and enabling corruption.

It is time to disable this “us vs. them” scam system and renew our lost civil rights, freedom and liberty.

The root of the problem is the 16th Amendment. It gives government the power to directly tax us without limits. Taxes are used to pick winners and losers, to hide and deceive, to punish and reward, to change behavior, and to divide and conquer.

The solution is to repeal the 16th Amendment and replace it with HR 25. It is “real/ true replacement tax” reform. It transfers the tax base from income, savings and investment, to a tax base on consumption with a progressive national sales/consumption tax.

All loopholes and exemptions are eliminated with the exception of monthly tax refund ($239 per adult, $85 per dependent) called “prebate.” That puts money in your pocket to pay the tax up to subsistence level spending and is of most value to the impoverished.

Learn more at fairtax.org or bigsolution.org

Paul Livingston
Jacksonville, Fla.

Sunday Hunting

Dear editor:

Please inform your readers that the Pa. State Grange is opposed to allowing Sunday hunting.

We understand the rationale. The Pa. Game Commission believes it will make more money from license sales. Firearms manufacturers and sellers believe it will help their bottom line.

Other supporters are worried about the decline of hunting by younger people because Saturdays are already crowded with non-hunting activities.

I am an avid hunter. I cherish the opportunity to teach my grandchildren about hunting safety and the joys of a day in the woods. I also believe that it is important for hunting to share the outdoors with others who also love being outside.

Independent of arguments about observing Sunday as a day of church, family, and rest, there are strong economic arguments that warrant keeping Sunday hunting-free. Hunting’s economic contribution pales when compared to non-hunting recreational activities.

A comprehensive federal study credited outdoor recreation found that the top six outdoor recreation activities were boating/fishing; game areas such as golfing and tennis; recreational vehicles (motorhomes); guided tours/ outfitted travel; and motorcycle/ ATV riding.

Well down the list came hunting. While hunting plays a significant role, it is by no means the dominant part of outdoor recreation’s contribution to the economy.

Hunters get six days a week. Other users of the outdoors should get one day where the fear of hunting accidents does not put a damper on their enjoyment of the outdoors.

Wayne Campbell
Pa. State Grange

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