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April 3, 2013

April 3, 2013: Letters to the editor



‘Republicans ought to be ashamed’

The Republicans have performed an “autopsy” on their “dead” national party. These are some of their suggestions to “resurrect” the party:

1. Fewer debates.

2. Stop talking about bedroom issues.

3. Stop talking about immigrants.

So, the national Republican Party has decided the way to get more support from women and Hispanics is to “hide” the party’s true feelings about issues that affect them. And the party thinks that getting more support from Americans in general is “less information” by having fewer debates, thus hiding its true beliefs.

Now, think about state Republicans. These are numbers from my personal finances. But I’m sure every person is hit the same way — since the Republicans have started “cutting” property taxes and shifting costs over to local taxing.

I have had approximately a $400 drop in my property taxes, but I am paying $1,400 in local taxes. How has this deal saved me money?

Thing is, over the years, it has been primarily Republicans who have raised local taxes. This has been a huge shift of responsibility from the wealthy to the broad middle class.

Now we’ve got a state representative (Heath VanNatter) who wants to starve the children of the poor to support further tax cuts for the wealthy. He supports the “state rape” of women who want control over their bodies.

We have a governor who didn’t even get 50 percent of the vote pushing the “starve the children” tax cuts.

Republicans ought to be ashamed. They’ve taken choice away from the people by jimmying the vote with redistricting. They got 54 percent of the vote, yet control almost 70 percent of seats in the House and Senate.

All of these things are what you get when you have one-party control of government. The main problem about this party controlling state government is the Koch brothers rule.

Tony Shell

Kokomo

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