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Council robs from us 'Peters' to help pay for Paul... Allen, that is | Letters

I’m delighted to see that our county commissioners are proposing, by extending the tax break for not farming, to shift yet more of the county’s tax burden onto me and others who are too poor to own big parcels of land or to hire experts to mine the tax law for ways not to pay their fair share of taxes.

Already about half the county’s land is being taxed at pennies to the dollars I pay, but that’s not good enough for today’s commissioners. They want more from me.

But, of course, since I’m not wealthy, while those with huge chunks of the county land more often are, it’s only right that elected officials should favor them over a mere resident.

Every April and October, as I write those checks to the county, I thank the commissioners for allowing me to help out Paul Allen by paying the taxes that he is being allowed to avoid.

After all, my Social Security check went up a whole $18 a month this year, so it’s only right that the commissioners should feel free to take that (and a lot more) to help out Paul and his friends.

For those who think it’s unfair that they should pay higher taxes so that the wealthy can enjoy tax breaks normal residents aren’t entitled to, quit whining. If you don’t realize what a privilege it is to subsidize Paul Allen’s tax relief, you obviously need an attitude adjustment.

Just repeat with Big Brother: Tax Inequity is Fairness. Fewer Taxes on the Rich is Justice. Paying Higher Taxes Brings More Happiness than a Warm Puppy.

There, now don’t you feel better?

Christopher Hodgkin/San Juan Island


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