Support tax reform
for betterment of all
I couldn’t agree with Tom Feeney more. (“Federal tax reform a critical part of Florida recovery,” Tuesday)
Corporate tax reform is critical. Everyone knows that several reasons for companies to locate in Florida besides the climate and no state income taxes are the low wages and benefits for employees.
There is a need to keep profits in Florida instead of offshore accounts. There would be a reduction of overseas money if wages and benefits for Florida employees were increased. Just think if part of the $2.6 trillion dollars just sitting in offshore accounts were invested in employee wages and benefits. This money would remain and circulate in Florida through more purchases of goods and services such as being able to afford adequate catastrophic insurance coverage.
There is no better time than now to support tax reform for the benefit of not only Floridians but all Americans.
MICHAEL CIRULLO SR., PALM BEACH GARDENS
Spare me the rich’s
The accusations against Harvey Weinstein, reprehensible as they are, fail to address the core issue lurking below the surface of his behavior. That is: some people, because they are rich, powerful and famous, feel they are somehow more entitled then everybody else.
A few weeks ago, I asked a friend, a doctor from a wealthy family whose earnings place him in the top 1 percent of income earners, a man defined by greed, why clearly wealthy people needed a tax cut. His answer was very revealing. He said, “They’re entitled to it.”
Wealthy people are “entitled” to a tax cut, but poor people are not entitled to health insurance. Chronically ill people should be excluded from health coverage, while rapists, pillagers and hooligans, financial, creative and God knows what else, run rampant in Hollywood and elsewhere. Where is the humanity, the decency, the compassion for fellow citizens?
Our society has become so obsessed with wealth, power and fame that some of us feel justified in behaving like animals, damn any sense of civility or the rule of law.
We are approaching an inflection point in this country which is going to precipitate a crisis from which we may not recover.
PAUL HAUSER, WELLINGTON
Pols need refresher
on our Constitution
Either there is an epidemic of amnesia in Washington or our elected officials do not take their oath of office seriously. If you look at the oaths for president, vice president and members of Congress, you find each swears to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States” (the president’s says “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution”).
Now look at the First Amendment of the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, etc…”
President Donald Trump’s call for the firing of NFL players who express their right to free speech and Vice President Mike Pence’s piece of theater in leaving an NFL game this past Sunday to inflame this debate are both attacks on the First Amendment.
JERRY LIEBERMAN, BOYNTON BEACH
Do NFL players get
what they’re protesting?
Colin Kaepernick, with a degree in business management, takes a knee protesting racism and police brutality a year ago. This posture is immediately duplicated by numerous fellow NFL players. This doesn’t speak much for the players mimicking Kaepernick’s display.
Just because someone gets national TV exposure doesn’t mean they have any expertise in what they are addressing. Apparently, NFL players mimicking Kaepernick’s posture didn’t bother to learn any facts about what Kaepernick is protesting. Our country is in a world of hurt if citizens aren’t able to determine fact from fiction.
HARRY WINKLER, WEST PALM BEACH