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Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 20, 2009 at 4:00 PM

No more taxes

Higher taxes will help strained populace

While demonstrations usually result from whipped-up emotions, we expect editorials to come from thoughtful analysis. Not so in “No more taxes” [Opinion, editorial, April 19]. To the contrary, this is exactly the time to raise taxes on an already strained populace, tens of thousands of whom are about to be cut off from life or livelihood services that the more fortunate of us take for granted.

To claim that it is a “hurting government” that wants to “shift the hurt somewhere else” is irresponsible. The “government” that is hurting is we, the people, who need help the most in bad times. “Shifting the hurt somewhere else” is simply to recognize that we are all in this together and that there, but for the grace of God, go the rest of us.

If you were one of the tens of thousands of Washingtonians who are about to lose medical care, prescription drugs, home nursing, school lunches, a chance to attend community college — all from no fault of your own — you would see it differently. We expect more from The Seattle Times.

— Richard Chapin, Bellevue

Population growth demands sacrifice

Your tired replay of the “no more taxes” mantra is just the continuance of the Reagan-era trick that worked well for a time. Distrust in government and focus on the myth of individualism ultimately focused wealth on the powerful. The irony here is that Reagan, Bush, et al, as part of the power structure, presented themselves as the common man to push this agenda.

People are starting to figure that out. Some individual sacrifice is required for large populations to live together. Has anybody noticed the population increase in just the past hundred years? Fewer and fewer of us are living in cabins in the woods, but the mythology of the rugged individual still strikes a chord here in the Northwest.

The abandonment of any active governmental policies regarding large populations (ecology, population control) by Bush also worked to the advantage of the “haves,” but only for so long — short-term thinking being another attribute of all this.

That old 1960s term “establishment” comes to mind, which, of course, is what your newspaper represents. The times, they are a-changing.

— Will Kaufman, Kirkland

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