Why vote for more taxes?

Dear Editor:

It absolutely baffles me that people continue to vote for more taxes. I learned long ago that there is no end. The plea is always touching and it seems that a penny or a penny and a half is not much, but let me point out a few things.

Gov. Jerry Brown put forth a plea for an additional state sales tax for two years even though the previous one, supposedly for two years, was simply extended. This raised the state sales tax to 7.5 percent. Within two months it was revealed that the state has a surplus of millions of dollars and the legislators received a $5,000 increase in pay. That did not come from the small tax increase.

Now the cities and counties have joined in with sales taxes and there is no end. Every time a person looks at the paper they see that more tax increases are to be put on the ballot. This has to stop. Every time a tax is passed, money for daily living decreases. They need to do what we do -- if there is a shortage of money -- we start looking for things to cut in order to survive.

The other day I made a purchase, and for the first time the sales slip listed the state, county and city taxes on the slip. I was shocked to see it was almost one third of the total I had to pay.


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Many people think a "parcel tax" will not affect them, but they are wrong. When this tax is added to a property owner's currently high tax bill, it affects not only the homeowners and businesses, but people who rent and make purchases as well. The cost is simply added to the rent or an increase is made in the business's sale items.

School bonds sound great until you check out what they are doing with the money that was supposed to make schools safe. The other day I read that a school used some of this money to make sure each student had an electronic tablet. That is not what the money was supposed to be used for.

Talk about a sales pitch -- it is always an emergency and we are all in danger if it does not pass. This is simply a clever way to squeeze more money out of the already suffering taxpayer. There is an old saying that if a person goes to the well too many times, they will find it dry. That is the position taxpayers are now in. Please next time a tax increase comes up on the ballot -- stop -- think -- and vote no!

Betty Weldon

Antioch

We live in a 'gimme' culture

Dear Editor:

We now live in a 'gimme' culture.

As we watched the many John F. Kennedy documentaries to commemorate the 50th year of his death, it is clear he was far from perfect and that our country faced many challenges at home and abroad.

The one overarching message that came through, though, in good times and bad, was his message, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." Individual service and self-reliance were emphasized in a time of hopeful prospects.

Fast forward 50 years and the message is now, "What can I get from my government?" In view of our burgeoning debt, the latest Obamacare debacle and ever-increasing entitlement programs, it is clear this approach is bankrupting the United States monetarily and morally. It's a far cry from Camelot!

Linda Bray

Brentwood

One more 'boondoggle'

Dear Editor:

I totally agree with the judicial decision to stop sale of high-speed project bonds.

Gov. Jerry Brown already has a legacy project: the new Bay "Boondoggle" Bridge. The taxpayers do not owe him another.

Considering the multiplicity of proposed stations, I do not see this as significant high-speed travel unless there are nonstop trains between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

A significant aspect of high-speed rail service is identical to that associated with air travel: the time and cost relating to travel from your home to your final destination at the end of your trip.

The cost of providing infrastructure for arrival and departure connecting transportation will be very expensive. These facilities already exist at all major airports, so why not use airports as termination points? Most airports are relatively inactive during nighttime.

In any case, this project would likely be obsolete by the time it was completed. The future of high-speed trains is likely to be that of magnetic levitation and propulsion -- not steel wheels on steel rails.

The presumed private-sector financing portion has not materialized and likely will not.

Edward Zawatson

Concord

Grateful for Obamacare

I want people to know about the excellent service we've received in signing up our youngest daughter for health care under Covered California. We have nothing but praise for the program.

Our daughter just turned 26, so she no longer is on our health plan. We wanted to make sure she got health care insurance and worked with her to sign her up.

We had a problem initially that we ourselves inadvertently caused when we got online. We had excellent service in resolving the problem.We got through to a courteous, knowledgeable representative in 15 minutes. The experience was positive and contrary to the way the Republicans have portrayed it.

If we did not have Obamacare, I don't know what we would have done. Before Obamacare, an individual policy for her would have been prohibitively expensive as would have been covering her on COBRA under our employer health care plan.

I do know we would have paid for insurance coverage, because even a young person can have a serious accident or contract a terminal illness.

Norman La Force

El Cerrito

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