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Letters to the Editor, July 7

IP 28 won't help

In his guest opinion “Don't let corporations sell us short” July 3, Mr. Kellenbeck writes in strong support of Initiative Petition 28 (IP28) which is a gross receipts tax on business with over $25 million in sales. He justifies his support by using the words “fair share” four times and phrases like “investing in the communities” and “gaming of our tax system” at least five more times. All the requisite progressive wealth redistribution jargon.

I have issues with his position on IP28. The top three are:

First — corporations, of whatever structure, don't pay income or sales taxes. They collect  the taxes — built into the pricing of their goods or services — and forward that money to the taxing authorities. If taxes are increased, other expenses (labor, overhead, etc.) are reduced or prices are raised. Customers pay the tax.

Second — I note Mr. Kellenbeck's business is structured as an LLC, as was one of my former business ventures, thus paying no corporate income or receipts tax now or under IP28.

Third — Oregon's own bipartisan Legislative Revenue Office's report on IP28 predicts that prices will rise and jobs will be lost as a result of IP28.

John F. Howard


The fix is in

I am sure by now that you have heard that Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch met in Phoenix last week. The secret meeting was discovered by an ABC reporter. Every first-year law student knows that an AG doesn't meet with the husband of someone who is under felony investigation, socially or otherwise.

So the only conclusion we can come to is that Hillary Clinton could not be indicted by this Department of “Justice” even if she ax murdered her mother on TV. Loretta Lynch is first a politician, not an attorney general. Bill Clinton appointed her U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and he is asking her to return the favor.

I’m calling my friends in Louisiana to get some bumper stickers for Hillary's campaign. When Edwin Edwards (who was released from prison in 2011) ran for governor against David Duke, the head of the Ku Klux Klan, the bumper stickers said, “Vote For the Crook — It's Important.” I'm sure Hillary can use the sticker.

Lee Topham


Medford pool needed

We need a large pool for our kids and for people to exercise in. I agree the YMCA should have control over and agree they have done great things with their pool.

I have a personal interest as my daughter plays water polo. The Y has allowed us

and the swim teams from South and North high schools access to the pool to practice. That said, the pool is not deep enough to be used for matches. We (Ashland and Medford) have to use amazon pool In Eugene as our home pool for matches. The costs of travel plus pool rental fees and overnights will be missed here for our local trades. I believe Bear Creek Park is a better location with all the business close and parking and access is much better.

Michael Miller, president, Medford Water Polo Club


Letters to the Editor, July 7