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New taxes would aid our children

The concern and alarm expressed by Keith Horton in his March 10 letter fell far short of the logic he proclaimed.

Initiative Petition 28 would impact only those corporations with Oregon sales over $25 million annually.

Should Oregon reduce corporate tax rates when our rates are now the lowest among all 50 states?

In fact, some major corporations pay no income tax whatsoever in Oregon.

If low tax rates were the biggest factor in creating a favorable business climate, Oregon would be overrun by new businesses.

Horton overlooked some major reasons a business would choose to locate here - the quality of our schools, workforce, public services and infrastructure. In a state that has one of the highest student/teacher ratios in the nation, how can we expect to create a quality workforce?

Our concern and alarm should be directed to the future of Oregon's children as they struggle to learn in an overwhelmed school environment.

IP 28 is a fair and favorable measure for Oregon's business climate.

Susan Cundiff


Give high schoolers what they need

Why don't high schools have classes that teach students how to manage and pay bills? It's an important subject.

We have classes on things we'll probably never need to know, but not one class on how to balance a checkbook. Everyone needs to know that, right?

Which goes back to the question, why don't high schools have such classes?

High school students take 11 different courses but none on how to buy a house, just on things that happened a hundred years ago.

I can understand why it's important to know that stuff, but it's also important to develop practical life skills.

The United States has set a record, but it's not a good one:

We have more than 1.25 million homeless students and 75,940 unemployed youth.

Students should be receiving knowledge they can't get on their own, knowledge everyone needs to know.

JoHannah Ferguson


Corporate control is the real issue

The debate between Apple and the FBI over access to encrypted data on a dead terrorist's cell phone isn't about the right to privacy. It's about corporate control vs. government control.

The right to privacy is secondary. We can't cede our right to national security to what amounts to corporate control in the name of protecting privacy.

Government, flawed as it is, ultimately is us, and we have at least some control over it.

With unbreachable encryption under the control of the techno-giants, we not only lose our right to prosecute terrorists but also to prosecute global corporate misdeeds as well.

The highest levels of law enforcement, under strict judicial supervision, must in the end have the final say.

Failing that, we no longer live under the rule of law but in a neo-feudal society, with corporations as our overlords, in which we may be killed or harmed in complete privacy.

Leonard Ablieter

Fall Creek

Trump is in the race for himself

The article on Page A4 of the March 5 Register-Guard ("Trump admitted Trump University flaws in deposition") is just what every responsible American voter needs to read to help him or her make up their mind regarding the quality of the person who will be our next president.

Anyone who's of voting age and hasn't been exposed to the sort of things reported in the article - not necessarily about Trump University but about the person for whom the university is named - has to realize that he's without doubt a self-indulgent person.

How can anyone imagine him being entrusted with upholding the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights if doing so doesn't benefit him directly, and especially financially.

The revelations in the article have to be eye-openers that should bring some degree of normalcy to this year's election process.

Let's be realistic and honest - and most of all, American - when we cast our votes in May and November. For in the end, it's we the voters who have the final say.

L. L. Barney


Reduce U.S. military, don't rebuild it

It bothers me all the presidential candidates are talking about rebuilding our military.

Baloney. We have the largest armed force in the world - by far.

We need to reduce the size of our military and get our noses out of everyone else's business.

We dethroned Saddam Hussein based on a lie. We helped topple Moammar Gadhafi based on other baloney. Now we have the Islamic State to deal with.

Thank the politicians.

We need to run America like a business, not like a bankrupt charity.

Thomas Laird Twyford II

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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
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Date:Mar 12, 2016
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