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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • Every time I see or hear the phrase "not paying their fair share" as applied to taxes, I want to ask, "Are you paying your fair share? Based on what?"
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  • Every time I see or hear the phrase "not paying their fair share" as applied to taxes, I want to ask, "Are you paying your fair share? Based on what?"
    I finished our 2012 taxes so I know what our legal share is. Being retired, I think it's reasonable, but maybe the "experts" wouldn't agree.
    The fairness issue is highly subjective and won't be resolved even with a complete tax code overhaul. This country needs economic stability, but liberals and conservatives can't agree on the means and time frame.
    Ultimately, some combination of tax increases and spending cuts (including entitlement reform) will probably be required. If that's what it takes, OK, but fiscal responsibility needs to be a priority. That's not something we've seen much of from either party for several years. It's been more like politics and pandering.
    We're in this leaky boat, too. We need to keep reminding ourselves and our legislators that, federal, state or local, the source for government funds is us; only the mailing address changes. So I don't know what "fair share" is, but I know what it is not: the obligations we are passing on to future generations by not facing our own. — Stan Loer, Grants Pass
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