“Not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.” — Sen. Grassley, Iowa
Consider this a glimpse into the mental story of an 84-year-old U.S. senator who, when called on that statement, said that what he really meant was that the estate tax was unfair “double taxation.” Hmmm.
Our newly proposed tax plan deletes the deduction for state and local taxes, so from now on state income taxes will be double-taxed. Do I need to ask how he voted on this proposition?
The estate tax as it now stands affects only those with estates worth more than $5.5 million. Any guess as to how many people in Okanogan County this might apply to? Probably not the people I know, who apparently are busy spending their money on “booze or women or the movies” when they could be “investing” it.
This new tax plan also provides our children with another trillion dollars-plus in debt to deal with while relieving large corporations a whopping amount from their taxable “burden.”
If you feel that corporate American holds your best interests at heart, and that there’s little or no connection between it and our political system and its lobbyists, then it’s time to cheer up. Those swamps are indeed draining, and the creatures arising from its depths are taking big bites from most of our lives, while whispering sweet nothings in our foolish president’s ears.
George Baumgardner, Tonasket
No Chinook fishing
Re: the orca article in the Methow Valley News, Nov. 29: The fishing for Chinook salmon should be ended. Nobody should be allowed to catch any Chinook salmon for five years minimum, or until the species recovers, to ensure they do no go extinct!
Ken Dodd, Bellingham
Fight for our roads
There’s an elephant in the room and its name is Gebbers Farms or “Gamble et al” in court documents! Our public lands are once again under threat of privatization by Gebbers Farms — this time, over 6 miles of French Creek Road which provides access to our public lands and an escape route from natural disasters for those who live in the area. But this appears of no concern to Gebbers Farms. You may say that I do not live on or even close to this road but that is not the issue. In addition to public land access, French Creek Road has long been a county road with deep Methow Valley history dating back to the late 1800s.
When will we say, “We’ve had enough!” We lost access to our public lands and an escape route in the Chiliwist to Gebbers Farms via the Three Devils Road earlier this year after a long, arduous and costly battle in court. Now French Creek?
Access to our public lands is under continual threats by Gebbers! What will they go after next? Let’s not be afraid to call out Gebbers Farms. Show that you too have had enough! Join me and other neighbors at the Superior court hearing on Friday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Okanogan County Courthouse in Okanogan to show support for keeping our public lands public.
Gay Northrup, Winthrop