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Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, April 14, 2010
On Dreier and Leiga
Dear EditorClaremont’s former Mayor Al Leiga(Readers’ Comments, April 10) has onlypraise for Congressman Dreier’s “no”vote on health care reform for his fel-low Americans.He says it’s a Trojan horse. But let’slook a little deeper.After his “no” vote, the Congressmanstill retains the government-paid, luxuryhealth plan that has been looking afterhim for the last 22 years at full taxpayerexpense. There are no deductibles forthe congressman.The congressman is also one of thosecareer politicians the Republicans claimto hate. Congresman Dreier has neverheld a job in the private sector or reliedupon private insurance for health care.Now we learn from Al Leiga thatwhat’s good enough for CongressmanDreier is not good enough for the rest of us.For my part, I would be more com-fortable now with this reassurance wereCongressman Dreier nobly to renouncehis own fully paid, “socialistic” healthcare so that he can join everyone else inthe private marketplace.
Take the pledge
Dear Editor:For the last four years I have workedas a volunteer Tax Aide helping seniorcitizens to prepare their tax returns.Even with uncomplicated tax situationssome senior citizens are afraid to pre-pare a return themselves because theycannot get through the perceived com-plexity. In general it seems that mosttaxpayers dread completing their owntax return.In contrast to the grassroots view, ourelected officials are oblivious to all thecomplex tax law havoc they continue tocreate.Now is the time to ask all candidatesand elected officials to take a newpledge: “I will prepare my own tax re-turn.” For the gold standard a politicianwill prepare the return using only pen,tax form and calculator. The bronzestandard will allow the use of personaltax software.I am convinced that once politiciansdrink the Kool-Aid of their legislationthey will want to simplify the unbeliev-able complexity of our time-wasting,and often counterproductive tax laws.
The rambling rants
Dear Editor.Enough already! Letters to the Editorhas become nothing but a soundingboard for the ramblings of DouglasLyon. It is always the same old rant.Why people bother to respond is be-yond me. It is boring. Does no one elsewrite you anymore?Claremont abounds with well edu-cated people. If we must hear from aradical right position week after week,at least print letters from someone whohas a background in history and someunderstanding of the Constitution.Letters used to be my favorite part of the paper.
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