No reason for estate tax

I wish someone would give me a reason — other than flat-out income redistribution — why an estate is taxed when a person dies. The estate has been either earned or inherited, and in any case income from it is generally taxed along the way. Double taxation, anyone?

Vote yes on Initiative 84; eliminate the unfair death tax. — David R. Newell, Eagle Point

Bogus Romney claims

Every election it's getting harder to decipher the truth, requiring more reading and research to try to determine who to believe.

Romney claims that creating jobs is the most important issue in this election, and he has proven himself as a jobs creator, hence he deserves to be president. However, I've read overwhelming evidence that shows just the opposite.

Two articles that best explain Romney's record are: "Greed and Debt," and "The Federal Bailout That Saved Romney," both published in Rolling Stone magazine, Sept. 12, 2012.

These articles (and many others) show how Romney, while running Bain Capital, took over numerous companies, saddled them with crushing debt that led to bankruptcy, and gave exorbitant bonuses to executives while causing workers to lose their jobs. Romney's real record is that he became rich as a job destroyer instead of a creator. — Steve Edson, Medford

Taking our rights

When I consider the destruction this president has caused to our rights under the Constitution of the United States, e.g. overriding the free exercise of religion clause, murdering American citizens without due process by drone strikes overseas and operating drones in this country to spy on law-abiding citizens without warrants, I am reminded of the statement made by Pastor Martin Niemoller about the Nazis in Germany under Hitler:

First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the socialists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.

Does anyone really believe that such an administration, the current one, will not cancel our other God-given rights? — Alfredo Gallegos, Medford

Mailer deserves backlash

I'm glad that the vicious, distorted mailer attacking City Council candidates Voisin, Ayars and Haxton is attracting the backlash it so richly deserves.

Sent by an anonymous PAC, the attack on Carol Voisin is especially abhorrent, as she is now the only progressive and the only woman on the council, and bullied in both capacities.

Voisin has proven her worth as a council member by her hard work, common sense, ability to work well with others, and integrity. While the rest of the council mostly serves the special interests of Ashland's Chamber of Commerce and conservatives, Carol serves the entire community.

The Ashland City Council has veered sharply rightward over the past few years. For a City Council that represents and works for all the people, please vote for Voisin, Ayars and Haxton. Let us not be hijacked by Ashland's version of the tea party. — Julia Sommer, Ashland

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