Barr's vote on bill helps super-rich
On April 16, the U.S. House voted to repeal the estate tax. The focus of the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 is providing additional wealth for two-tenths of the top 1 percent. It will cost the treasury $269 billion over 10 years.
It benefits individuals with wealth of more than $5.4 million and couples with wealth of more than $10.9 million — a tax break for the 5,500 wealthiest households in the country each year.
Of those, the 318 wealthiest estates, those worth $50 million or more, would see an average windfall of $20 million each.
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Rep. Andy Barr voted for it. Only three Republicans voted against. If it gets through the Senate, where it is said to face a rough time, the president would veto. However it shows where Republicans are relative to economic inequality. This paper needs to do a better job of keeping the public knowledgeable of the votes of Barr, Rep. Hal Rogers and our senators.
Skeptical about plan
I am very happy to read that the suggestion I proposed in a September letter concerning relocating the architecturally unique People's Bank building has taken root. But I am more than just a little bit skeptical that everything is going to fall properly in place after reading the April 14 front-page article detailing the complex process of saving this building.
If this is just another one of those times when smoke gets blown in the public's face as the wrecking ball swings, we won't know until it's gone. It is no surprise that certainty is being smothered by the complex.
Let's not complicate the obvious; let this building stand.
Ken C. Arnold
Senators' weak hand
Forty-seven senators, most of whom have legal degrees, obviously have no idea what negotiations (salesmanship) are all about.
A good attorney never wants to go to court; they settle out of court.
The process of negotiation is that each side wants to sell their idea to the other party. Now, as every good salesperson knows, the first person to open his mouth loses.
Well, the letter the senators sent to Iran was the foot in the mouth.
A wise man once said, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
And another wise man said, "It hath been said that an unjust peace is to be preferred before a just war." It seems in this day and age that because peace is more difficult to achieve we do not dare to achieve this difficulty.
Twenty-five hundred years ago a man called Aesop wrote, "Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear."
So, here we lie, with nothing learned since the beginning, will mankind ever take the responsibility and care to turn swords into ploughshares?
Adjust for bus fare hike
Lextran bus service is considering a 25 percent fare increase. Fares would go from $1 to $1.25.
If this raise is implemented, it shoud be done in conjunction with a raise in the minimum wage.
Don't blame cyclists
I have to disagree with an April 21 letter concerning bicyclists and roadside trash. I'm not going to claim that cyclists have never, in the history of cycling, littered while riding, but I will say that I have never seen a cyclist leave any trash of any kind at the roadside. I've seen lots of motorist do it, but no cyclists.