Thoughts on tax proposals |

Thoughts on tax proposals

To the Editor:

I am writing today about all the tax issues that confront and befuddle our brains.

Vote yes on the marijuana taxes. You voted to legalize marijuana, now let’s get some good out of the stoners.

I am voting no on all the other tax proposals.

I am voting yes to annex Byers Peak into Fraser.

First the schools. If we decided to give all of the money in the world to just one school district forever, that district would be back next month wanting a bond issue! The U.S. already spends more money on K-12 education than any other country. In the U.S., the more money (Washington D.C.) per student, the worse the results. I want all students to get a good education. To do that the schools have to teach basics. Most important are READING, writing, math, and FACT-based history! Reading saved me in school. The students can get a huge dose of fluff and revision when they get to college. Most of the money under Amendment 66 is just a pass through to the teachers union anyway.

Another reason to vote no on all tax issues (except marijuana) is that starting the first of January, “Obamacare” kicks in and who knows how much that is going to be. I guarantee, we all will feel the bite in our paychecks!

As for the library, I am voting no, but I won’t fuss if it passes.

I am voting yes to annex Byers Peak into Fraser. Do I want to see it developed? No! However, this is a private property issue. I can’t afford to buy it and pay the taxes. I don’t see any of the “No-no crowd” stepping up. I believe Fraser will have more input than if it is developed through the county. I wonder if Byers Peak could incorporate as a new town, and just do as they more or less want. Is that a better solution?

All these issues are too complex to do justice in a 400 word letter. This “recession” that we are still in, I think, will come back sooner than later. The Federal Reserve is printing money faster than we can make the paper, huge “Carter-style” inflation/unemployment is just around the corner. Added to “Obamacare,” the situation is going to get real ugly, real fast!

Norm Benson


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