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Letters to the Editor for Monday, April 1

Letters to the Editor for Monday, April 1

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Two ideas would save state money

Here are two suggestions for cutting the cost of government in the state:

If we replace all taxes and fees (taxes by another name) with an income tax keyed to federal tax payments, we would dramatically lower both the cost of administering and complying with the state’s many processes for collecting money from its citizens.

Some might contend that this approach would exempt corporations from taxation. That, of course is true. However, since in the end all taxes, no matter where they are levied, are paid by individuals, this point is really an objection to having a more transparent system of taxation.

Such a change would, besides producing a more attractive economic climate, give the voters a clear statement of the cost of the choices that are open to them at the polls.

Thus, it has considerable appeal for those who value informing the citizens of their options.

Since as a group we have a tendency to be more liberal with other people’s money than our own, my second suggestion is that local projects be funded exclusively by local taxes. This change would force local governments to carefully prioritize their activities. Therefore, we can expect that local school administrative structures would be replaced by a countywide, and thus, a lower-cost administrative system.
Fred Barney
Albany

 

Mueller report is a trumpet for change

Well now that the Mueller report has dropped, I guess we can anoint Trump as the virtuous choir boy he has always been.

Yes, the Republican-led investigation, by the Republican- appointed Republican special counsel, which has been interpreted by the Republican attorney general, has found “not enough proof” to rise to the crime of collusion. 

Unfortunately, they couldn’t vindicate Trump on the obstruction allegations. I guess that was too far a stretch even for this partisan side show.

It is now the American public’s turn to read the Mueller report and come to our own conclusions. After all, we paid for it.

I’m sure there is nothing in there that could diminish this president in the eyes of his lemming followers.

But to the remainder of free-thinking America, we might just find it interesting enough to help us decide on a candidate in the 2020 election.

It’s not like this president has ever lied, right? And if you believe that, I am sure Trump has a bridge, or better yet, a casino, he’d like to sell you.
Michael Winn
Saratoga Springs

 

Flooding highlights the need for action

Mother Nature has given us another warning, a sign that things are not alright on planet Earth. 

The ongoing flooding in the Midwest is historic in scope. Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes and the water continues to rise. 

Whether or not you believe in human-induced climate change, our planet is warming and we are already seeing the effects.

If we continue to use fossil fuels at our current rate, natural disasters like this will become more frequent and widespread. 

Last Friday’s Youth Climate Strike in Albany shows that the students get it, and they want to see change now.

There is legislation at both the state and national levels that would address climate change. 

Please let your elected officials know that this is a priority for you.
Nancy Stuebner
Delanson

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