published Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Front-page story shows paper's bias

LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Front-page story shows paper's bias

The masthead on the front page of the Chattanooga Times Free Press states: "To Give the News Impartially Without Fear or Favor." In my opinion, this is a misnomer. In the Sept. 22 edition's front page is an article telling about two police officers in a city 2,500 miles away who were indicted for murder and manslaughter. While this is a horrible crime, what purpose does the printing on the front page of our local paper serve?

This is another egregious example of how unfair and biased the paper is. To print this article is nothing more than an attempt to discredit our local police department, to make it seem that this is how police officers act. It is no wonder that distrust of the police department by the citizenry exists. When there is good news about our police department, it is placed in back pages in obscure sections of the paper.

To state that this type of editorial policy is fair and impartial is an oxymoron.

BEN BRYCHTA

Hixson

What else do you want from rich?

I've been reading with dismay about the popular notion of taxing the rich. Perhaps the following story will enlighten some people.

A young man who during his second year of college lost all means of support. His mother suffered a brain aneurysm and could no longer work. His dad was a blue-collar worker and could barely make ends meet.

This boy found a part-time job and made extra money by making beer runs for the fraternity.

He was graduated with a B.S and B.A. He went on to graduate school and earned a master's degree.

He had to take loans to finish. After two years of applying, he was accepted into a medical school ... more loans.

After four years of med school and eight years of residency, he finally became one of the best surgeons in his field. He earns well over $250,000 a year. He still owes over $150,000 for his loans. He pays over 50 percent in federal, state and local taxes. He contributes generously to church and civic organizations.

This young man was in school 33 years of his life.

How can anyone say, "Tax him more so that I can share his wealth"?

Imagine how you would feel if this were your son.

JOHN BUTTRAM

Hixson

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moon4kat said...

Mr. Buttram provides a vague outline, but doesn't give enough facts for an objective observer to determine what taxes the surgeon should pay into the system from which he has benefitted.
He makes "well over $250,000;" one wonders: how much over?
He was in school for 33 years of his life? So, he didn't graduate from medical school until he was 39? A professional student? No wonder he has a lot of debt.
And, despite getting student loans, a lot of his education was likely subsidized by taxpayers, especially if he went to a public university. There are other questions, like how the alleged 50% tax rate was calculated. That's certainly not the federal rate. Even the poor in TN pay nearly 10% sales tax, even on food.
Taxes support facilities and services used by most of Americans: highways, bridges, schools, dams, care for the elderly, etc., etc. It's inaccurate to suggest that most taxation is for redistribution of income.

September 23, 2011 at 8:38 a.m.
LibDem said...

Assuming the good doctor's taxable income (after exemptions and deductions) is $373k, his federal income tax would be 29%. State and local taxes depend on location and home value. If your 33 years of school did not equip you to understand that your tax preparer is ripping you off, night school is an option.

September 23, 2011 at 10:37 a.m.
ArnoldZiffel said...

You lefties can take every dime everyone makes forever and it won't be enough for you. It's about control. You're petty, little twits who are jealous of those who are more successful than you are. You want to see them fall even though they give you a job and pay you. IDIOCY!!

September 23, 2011 at 10:53 a.m.
LibDem said...

Fortunately, there is a federally funded anger management program.

September 23, 2011 at 11:08 a.m.
ITguy said...

Arnold, What you fail to 'get' is that the country is 14 trillion dollars in debt. We will never pay down this debt until the tax revenues exceed expenditures. We cannot cut spending enough to make the budget balance. And any hope of 'growing or way out of it' is a pipe dream. We must combine spending cuts with tax increases. Only the most stuborn Republicans fail to understand these simple facts.

Our tax system needs to be reformed to eliminate all deductions and loopholes. Long term capital gains should be indexed for inflation and then taxed as ordinary income. Short term capital gains should be taxed at a high enough rate so that all the day traders and hedge fund managers have to go find productive work. I think 75% would do it.

Corporate taxes should be eliminated. They only hurt small businesses, and that is who creates jobs. Tax the stock dividends as ordinary income and any capital that leaves the US tax at the highest individual rate. This would encourage increased investment in the US.

It is not about redistribution of wealth or about control. It is about being responsible. I thought that was a conservative value.

September 23, 2011 at 11:38 a.m.
Plato said...

RE Tax fairness. The president has proposed one simple concept. That is that millionaires not pay a lower tax rate then middle class folks - plumbers, school teachers, police officers etc. Polls show that 80% of the public supports that view in the interest of fairness.

The average adjusted tax rate for the 400 wealthiest individuals in this county is 16%. There is an enormous amount of bias and favoritism in the current tax code. It needs to be simplified and restructured.

September 23, 2011 at 3:46 p.m.
JustOneWoman said...

ITguy, So you think a corporation shouldn't pay any taxes? But it is ok that a corporation has free speech rights as a personhood? It is ok for General Electric to get tax money back?

It is not a redistribution of wealth, it is a correction to the redistribution that happened under bush. If the rich companies do not want to pay taxes and do not employ workers in this country, then why do we care if they stay here? Let them leave. What would be our incentive to want them here?

September 23, 2011 at 3:47 p.m.
Plato said...

ITGuy - I agree with your first two paragraphs 100%. However you are way off base on this:

"Corporate taxes should be eliminated. They only hurt small businesses, and that is who creates jobs."

That vast majority of small businesses are Sub-chapter S Corporations, LLCs or Sole Proprietorships. These business types do not pay taxes. The net profits from these business types flow directly to the owners who pay taxes at the regular earned income rates NOT corporate rate. If the objective is to help small business the tax laws should be changed to allow these business types to pay at rates established on a separate scale lower than the regular earned income rates, but not the corporate rate.

September 23, 2011 at 3:55 p.m.
ITguy said...

Plato,

You obviously know more about the corporate tax code than I. My point is that large corporations avoid paying taxes by various loopholes, deductions and credits that are unanvailable to smaller companies. For those companies who do pay taxes, the cost of those taxes is included in the price of the product. It would be much simplier to just eliminate the corporate tax and raise the individual tax rates for the CEO etc. Also, if a company like VW starts to send their profits back to Germany, tax the hell out of it. Keep the money that is earned in the US in the US.

JustOneWoman, Corporations are nothing more than the collection of their stockholders. They should not be allowed to contribute to politicians. The individual stockholders should be taxed. Their contributions to politicians should be limited.

It is easy to demonize corporations, but they are no more evil or good than the people who run them. Since they are essentially amoral, they must be regulated to ensure that there is no harm done to the common interest.

September 23, 2011 at 4:19 p.m.
onetinsoldier said...

Nothing will ever be fixed until you remove special interest money from politics. Our purchased conservative Supreme Court has made that impossible now. Democracy for now at least, doesn't exist. You are just a powerless as you feel. It will all start getting better when the global markets crash. They should have been allowed to crash 3 years ago and it is inevitable that it will.

September 23, 2011 at 5:58 p.m.
Inri_Inri said...

Mr. BEN BRYCHTA would you have complained at all if the story from over 2,000 miles away was about a criminal having beaten a man to death? If the "thug" had been just an average citizen who committed such an act against a fellow citizen you'd be outraged no matter where the cime happened. You should equally be outraged when the crime is committed by supposedly well trained officers who've taken an oath to uphold the law. Otherwise, you're a hypocrit to the max!

Furthermore, you have cops committing crimes on par with and exceeding those being committed by street thugs. That doctor's oath, "First heal thyself" should especially apply to law enforcement officers. Perhaps even more so since they come into contact with citizens on a regular basis.

September 23, 2011 at 9:34 p.m.
sangaree said...

JOHN BUTTRAM, were those student loans this individual made backed by the U.S. government? Strangely, the very people who complain the most about federal government are the ones who've benefitted the greatest from its programs.

September 24, 2011 at 12:06 a.m.
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