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Letters to the Editor: How is this happening?; Tax cut and Jobs Act

How is this happening?


I went with a friend to court this week and what I heard was unbelievable. Today was the third hearing about the same abuse case. How is this happening? A child is being sent to the abuser's house without outside protection. I do not understand how this still keeps happening.

Instead of protecting the abused it seems as if the abuser is protected.

We need to educate our court officials on domestic abuse.

Mary York


Tax cut and Jobs Act


Did you vote for Donald Trump? OK. But did you donate over $1 million to his campaign? No?

The Koch brothers did donate millions and now the biggest heist of the U.S. Treasury is about to materialize right before your eyes. With the proposed repeal of the federal estate tax, (which already permits a $10.98 million tax exemption) hedge fund managers and billionaires will soon be exempted from any federal estate tax. On a $50 billion estate, at 40 percent flat rate, the Koch brothers will now save $20 billion. The President and a couple of his ultra rich cabinet members will also save over $2 billion each.

Meanwhile, Medicaid funding for the poor and disabled will be on the auction block.

Federal aid to public schools will be slashed and funding of the Environmental Protection Agency and federal aid to cities and states to combat terrorism will be drastically cut.

Given the robust economy that the prior administration resurrected from the near collapse that had existed, and given the fact that businesses can already write off any investment they make in equipment or training of employees, why does the GOP tax cut provide such a huge tax break for large corporations and professional organizations like my own law firm? It will not incentivize any further job growth, but instead will permit the pay out of more profits to shareholders. Mr. President, few working poor own much publically traded stock. But the Koch brothers do.

No surprise here, the super rich are now being paid for their political contributions. Any Trump voter that thought the President would speak up for them should now open their eyes to this robbery of our U.S. Treasury. Sad.

Roy Sjoberg