Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 10, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 06/10/2013

Losing our freedom

At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 a lady asked Dr. Benjamin Franklin, “Well, doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” “A republic,” replied the doctor, “if you can keep it.”

Did the good doctor anticipate the vulnerability of the system and doubt the resolve of its citizens? In light of the current scandals of this administration, it appears that his skepticism was well-founded.

Dr. Franklin also was quoted as saying, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

The Constitution drafted by our forefathers is being circumvented by “executive order.” Do we have a republic or a monarchy? Good question.

The last stanza of the Star Spangled Banner asks the question, “Oh, say does that star spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and home of the brave?” Given recent events, it is questionable as to our “land of the free” and as to “the home of the brave,” the brave men and women in our armed forces are risking their lives, every day, to protect the very freedom we are losing.

Jean Vogler


Repeal retiree tax

Listened to a radio interview with a gentleman from Kalkaska Screw Company, the latest winner of the small business award. Congrats to Kalkaska Screw Company. He explained how they went from 20 employees in 2001 to 64 employees now. They grew and weathered the ‘08 downturn. More congrats.

I called in and asked if they had seen any benefit from the shifting of the tax burden from small businesses to the retired taxpayers by Gov. Snyder. The gentleman explained they reaped no benefit because they had shifted to an employee stock ownership plan-style company and therefore were not having to pay those types of taxes because they are smart.

So the retirees’ rainy-day funds are now filling Gov. Snyder’s rainy-day fund to over $700 million and not making up the small-business tax shortfall.

Guess the one-tough-nerd should have advised small businesses to become ESOP-style companies instead of selling voters the small-business tax relief malarkey and looting our pensions. Repeal the retiree tax.

Michael Hainen

Traverse City

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