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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

March 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Keeping state parks open

Rethink government priorities

No, I don’t particularly want to pay an extra $5 to keep state parks open [“Would you pay $5 to keep state parks open?” page one, March 30], nor to have bake sales to prevent school closures, nor having inadequate police patrols, nor shutdowns of public pools and libraries.

What I would prefer would be a major rethinking of sources of tax revenues and of governmental spending priorities.

I’d prefer a 150 percent capital gains tax on derivatives and land flips and other investments that divert money away from investments that create jobs for anyone other than the overpaid parasites in the financial sector.

I’d like to limit the tax breaks businessmen get to amounts of the subsidies we provide to people on welfare for housing, food and entertainment.

I’d like an end to tax breaks for religious institutions.

I’d like a retrospective application of inheritance taxes on estates worth more than the lifetime earnings of someone with a median income.

I’d be delighted to have all tax breaks disappear for the owners of professional sports franchises.

Most important, I would like a readjustment of governmental spending so that Americans stop paying so much for a military that is out of proportion with any military on this planet, so there isn’t enough tax money to go around for other public priorities.

Being self-appointed cops of the world attracts terrorists and international ill will rather than protecting America, and it certainly messes up other priorities for public spending.

— Tony Formo, Seattle

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