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Congress wrong to blame Apple for its own flawed tax code

Saturday, June 1, 2013
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Congress wrong to blame Apple for its own flawed tax code

Thanks to Sen. Ron Paul for apologizing to Apple, which Congress dragged into hearings for doing a good job obeying the tax code.

We have a system that is so contorted it has generated its own tax avoidance-industrial complex. Think of the number of people employed as accountants, tax attorneys, lobbyists and politicians who would lose their jobs if the tax code was ever simplified.

The do-nothing Congress is protecting the investments made by the tax avoidance-industrial complex, among others. Really, why are we asking corporations to perform as tax collectors, anyway?

Believe it or not, government does provide administrative services at a reasonable cost compared to corporations, which make a profit. We pay one way or the other — through taxes, or to corporations that just raise their prices.

In a perfect world we would not have any corporate taxes. Corporate taxes are very regressive because, as prices go up, they affect poor and middle classes more.

Many people have been enriched from this system and they will not relinquish their power or profit easily. So what do we do? We just tinker around the edges, pit one group against another, run in place; but do nothing and hope it will be forgotten by the next war. The best we can do is pay attention and keep involved.

Please vote! Understand that both Democrats and Republicans are in cahoots with the tax avoidance-industrial complex, but let them know we are watching. The corporations, and others, have the money; but we citizens have the vote. Cast yours wisely.

Vincent Pelliccia

Saratoga Springs

Letting dogs bark not just inconsiderate, it’s illegal

I cannot understand the ignorance of some people concerning laws in Schenectady and Rotterdam about barking dogs.

It is not only rude and inconsiderate to your neighbors, you can be fined for letting the dog bark for a duration of time.

Why would you just let the dog bark, usually at nothing, and ignore it? In my area, there are some people who work nights and sleep during the day. Or you go out in your yard to relax after work, get the barbecue going, and the neighbor lets his dog out, and it starts “yipping” and doesn’t stop.

Be a little considerate, respect your neighbors, be a good neighbor. If the dog cannot be controlled, put a muzzle on it; they cannot bark with one on. Another solution is to buy a specialized collar at a pet store. The cost is lower than getting fined in court.

Jeff Jones

Rotterdam

Cuomo won’t fill nanotech jobs by starving education

The May 23 Gazette reported the shortage of workers with sufficient background in math and science to fill the projected 350,000 new jobs in the nanotech industry.

So how does our governor respond? He continues to starve public education and promote casinos! Sounds right to me!

Fortunately, voters in a number of local school districts displayed better judgment the previous Tuesday [May 21] and voted to override the arbitrary tax cap so as to preserve vital elements of their curricula.

And what about the governor? Well, this is one Democrat experiencing sharp pangs of “buyer’s remorse.”

Ted Thompson

Niskayuna

Veterans’ obits should all be marked by flags

This is an open letter to hopefully inform family members, along with funeral homes, who help write the obituaries for their loved ones.

Most, if not all, veterans are proud of their service to our country and would want to be identified as a veteran. I could not help but notice that the obits in the Daily Gazette and Amsterdam Recorder sometimes omit the small American flag above the header. I’ve always viewed [the flag] as the respect that person deserves for being a veteran.

I’m quite sure, if the question were asked whether they would have wanted that little American flag there or saying they loved baseball, what the answer would have been.

Rick Splawnik

Amsterdam

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June 1, 2013
6:44 a.m.
gina99 says...

Jeff Jones just barking dogs? How about loose pits that terrorize every City neighborhood? Mayor McCarthy refuses to crack down, raise fines and hire more needed animal control officers. The County must step in and take over.

June 1, 2013
2:30 p.m.
justapto says...

Gina; how about not voting the Democrats in every election? You get what you ask for!

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