Tucson speaks up: Letters to the editor for the week of Jun. 2, 2023

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Our weekly round-up of letters published in the Arizona Daily Star.

The “Tamale Bill,” House Bill 2509, would supposedly help families sell homemade food. But it was actually a ploy by the right-wing Americans for prosperity, the Institute for Justice, and the Libre Initiative, which all oppose any regulation of businesses.

The right-wing fronts shamelessly used tamale cartoons and Latinas selling tamales to perpetrate their subterfuge. But the stink of the radical right always exposes them.N.Y. Rep. George Santos was arrested after being indicted on several federal charges, including money laundering and wire fraud involving campaign money. Santos is a Republican and flipped a historically Democrat Congressional seat in N.Y. He has only been a Congressman since January.

Why is he ignoring increasing the government’s income? Specifically, he should offer to eradicate the largesse granted to billionaires and corporations by Trump’s tax cuts. If your organization wants to grow jobs and boost your local economy, put Disability in your DEI&A equation.We’re looking at the national debt wrong. When spending is high , you raise taxes! If you want pride in your country and to not hurt people, tax the wealthy corporations! After WWII? Earn $5,000, pay nearly one-quarter of it in taxes, top earners 90%. Under Reagan, the rich paid 70% tax rate, and corporations 46%. When he lowered rates, debt increased.

While I understand the author’s argument for permitting reform, the greater urgency is for reform of the 1872 mining law that allows for the exploitation of public resources by foreign companies. Let me suggest that any reform of the permitting process be done in conjunction with a complete overhaul of the 1872 mining law.Back in January, Kevin McCarthy might have appeared to be the obvious choice to become Speaker of the House of Representatives.


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