Letters to the Editor

Wealthy should not whine about taxes

You bet I'm voting "yes" on 66 and 67, for very good reasons. First, I am really tired of hearing rich people whine about having to pay taxes. Second, I am really, really tired of absurd lies told by professional liars. The extra 2 percent would only apply to incomes over $250,000. By the way, prosperous folks already get a 15 percent federal tax break on income over $106,800 (Social Security tax). And, the corporate minimum tax increase (Prop. 67) is less than the cost of a latte a week! And the real unemployment, and under-employment, rate in Oregon is more like 30 percent. Just look at all those parked railroad cars.

Peter Nemze


Don't allow Oregon to be like California

California started down the anti-tax, anti-government road ahead of Oregon with the passage of Prop. 13 in 1978. Now the Golden State is nearing its destination. California's great public university system is in decline. Infrastructure, including roads and bridges, is deteriorating. The state government is nearing bankruptcy.

If you want to Californize Oregon, vote against measures 66 and 67. The 66 and 67 measures are about opportunity. Successful Oregonians, including wealthy auto dealers, have prospered because their fellow citizens invested in education, public safety, highways and other requirements of a healthy economy. Now the fortunate few want to stop investing and hoard their fortunes. If they get their way, the opportunity window will close.

Oregon has a chance to turn around and walk away from the brink of collapse. Voting for 66 and 67 is a step in the direction of renewed prosperity and opportunity for everyone. Otherwise, welcome to California.

Diarmuid McGuire


Keep Oregon healthy to maintain economy

The biggest current political lie is that taxes kill jobs. Oregon has the fourth-lowest business tax and the second-highest unemployment rate in the country. Washington has higher business taxes and lower unemployment. They also have world-class universities and an excellent K-12 system. Companies like to locate in economically stable places with an educated work force. A state whose streets are teeming with the ill and needy, whose brightest students leave for less expensive, more prestigious colleges, whose police and fire departments can't protect its citizens, is not a desirable location for a company.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has said, "Evidence for the hypothesis that the level of taxation affects economic growth is very weak." So much for the scare tactic that 70,000 jobs will be lost over a decade if the measures pass.

Some maintain the absurd notion that the money is there to avoid cuts if the measures fail. The cuts will be real and nasty; people will suffer and our inadequate education system will further degrade. College tuition will increase, making it even harder for low-income people to raise themselves up. Oregon has very low taxes with poor education and services as a result. Raising taxes on a mere 2.5 percent of businesses will prevent them getting from worse. It is delusion to think otherwise.

Many ordinary, decent Oregonians have, once again, been bamboozles by the ideologues and moneyed interests into believing lies, for which we all will suffer.

David Kennedy


Tax hike would help small businesses

As a Southern Oregon restaurant owner, I recently received a plea from the Oregon Restaurant Association to join the campaign opposing measures 66 and 67. Perhaps the ORA position represents big corporate restaurant chains, but it certainly does not represent me. The increase in corporate tax will cost me a few dollars each year and will help balance the state budget. From my business perspective, it's a small price to pay. I'm actually in favor of education, law enforcement and other services that are currently underfunded.

As far as I'm concerned, the ORA and other big business lobbyists are working against the interests of ordinary taxpayers and small businesses like my family's. Please join me in voting "yes" for measures 66 and 67.

Pam Marsh


More taxes will lead to greater expenses

Measure 67 will require corporations to pay more taxes. Yahoo! Corporations will then charge the consumers more for their product or services. Yahoo? Vote "no" on measure 67.

Claude Clason


Not buying state's pleas for more taxes

In recent years the government has come to us twice, asking for higher taxes, and twice been rejected. They still don't get it, so now they have devised measures 66 and 67, which is a variation on the theme, "The world will end as we know it without more revenue for the state even though it is spending nearly twice as much now as it did 10 years ago." Nonsense! Don't you believe it! Vote "no" on these measures.

Jim Hibbert


Answer to state's deficit is to cut spending

Legislators spend every penny they can get in good times, then whine about the inevitable deficits in bad times.When they face a budget gap, their only solution is to increase taxes instead of reducing spending.

Proponents of measures 66 and 67 speak nonsense when they say the only option if the measures fail is to cut education. Cuts in any particular program are not automatic or mandatory and there are several responsible alternatives on the table that cut this increase in spending without touching essential services. There are plenty of cuts to be made and even considerable choice in how they are made.

Do not fall for these scare tactics and demand accountability from our legislators in how they spend our money.

Bob Powell


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