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May 14, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 05/14/2012

Will take care of itself

How many more years is it going to take Washington to get this unemployment under 8 percent?

A while ago, I wrote the White House, our two senators and a few of our representatives. I said Oregon and New Jersey do not allow you to pump your own gas. Let's do that for all 50 states.

So gas has to go up a dime a gallon.

Let the Feds drop the federal sales tax a dime so the price would be neutral to the consumer. The Feds would pick up a dime or so because of the payroll taxes that these new hires would generate.

Assume 20 thousand new jobs per state and you have just about a million people off the unemployment rolls and paying taxes. I got no response from anyone. Wash your windshield? Check your tire pressure? Menial jobs?

Wouldn't this compare to a dishwasher in a restaurant, someone sweeping floors in a school or someone stocking shelves in a supermarket?

The president keeps saying that businesses should hire more. Business says we have no one to sell our products to. Put people to work and it will all take care of itself.

Ed Fries


Process should be fair

On May 5, at 12:30 p.m., 17 of us Benzie Democrats had a rally in front of the Secretary of State's office in Honor. Many of us worked hard on the emergency manager's petition, and we demand that the issue be on the November ballot, for the people to decide one way or the other.

Bureaucracy should not trump democracy. People of all political parties should demand that the process be fair and not "tricky" as in font size. You'd expect it in Iran or Cuba, but not here.

David Green


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