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Corporations avoiding taxes

To the Editor: A cartoon in the Aug. 20 issue of West Newsmagazine asks why do we have the highest corporate tax rate in the world? A better question is: Why do so many corporations avoid paying their taxes by special tax breaks, subsidies and tax loopholes as well as keeping money in offshore tax-free bank accounts? Some very profitable corporations pay no taxes. It is weird that we subsidize oil companies that are making billions in profits. Our infrastructure is in dire need of repair and replacement, but until corporations and wealthy people pay their fair share of taxes ...

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Flipping Ferguson

To the Editor: The shooting in Ferguson of the 18-year-old unarmed black male by a policeman is an example of a lawman doing the opposite of what is expected of a lawman; that is to protect the people and the community from harm. If the witnesses are telling the truth, the victim (the 18-year-old) was fatally harmed by an officer of the law who delivered several shots to him while his hands were up in the air. The victim was executed. To add more injury to harm, the Ferguson Police Department seems to be protecting the offender, the officer that ...

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Thomas Sowell – The Media and the Mob

Those of us who admit that we were not there, and do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be in the minority. We all know what has happened since then -- and it has been a complete disgrace by politicians, the media and mobs of rioters and looters. Despite all the people who act as if they know exactly what happened, nevertheless when the full facts come out, that can change everything.

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Thomas Sowell – Random Thoughts

Random thoughts on the passing scene: • I don’t know why we are spending our hard-earned money paying taxes to support a criminal justice system, when issues of guilt and innocence are being determined on television — and even punishment is being meted out by CNN’s showing the home and address of the policeman accused in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting. • One of the big differences between Democrats and Republicans is that we at least know what the Democrats stand for, whether we agree with it or not. But, for Republicans, we have to guess. • It is amazing how ...

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Editorial: Our perspective

What you are about to read is old news. You get this paper in your mailbox on Wednesday or Thursday, but we actually send it to the printer on the previous Friday. While that piece of information may not seem particularly interesting, it is relevant. We like to think that the delay in our publication forces us to make sure our stories include both information and perspective, that they are not forced by the constraints of the 24/7 news cycle – or the even more demanding need to be the first to send a tweet about some topic or another. ...

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Reflections on Ferguson

To the Editor: Here are some things to think about, from a practical white dude who despises racism and the current immature state of our society. Your kids may or may not look like the one that was shot. That is fine, however, that doesn’t mean your children are anything like him. Most commenting about him know nothing about him other than he was shot and killed. Stop comparing your children to him. It’s just to pump people up. Should black folks be mad? Absolutely. They should be mad at the people that are committing “justice” crimes that make the ...

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Security issues in Monarch

To the Editor: I am baffled. I was always under the impression that our police officers and firefighters were sworn to protect the public and their fellow first responders. But I read that a Monarch fire captain was suspended by the district’s Board of Directors for publicly disclosing a security enhancement that was recently installed to protect the district officers and board members. Further, I understand that he went so far as to make light of the district’s effort to enhance security. Since this man is a union shop steward, perhaps this was done in an effort to make the ...

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Responding to ‘Border Madness’

To the Editor: Sending children back to a life of siege is what borders on madness. In recent weeks, America has been subjected to an influx of undocumented aliens from Central America, a large percentage of which have been young children. In his July 30th article, Thomas Sowell articulates that, without a comprehensive immigration policy, America cannot control its borders. I could not agree more. However, we have been unsuccessful to date at constructing said policy due to Republican intransigence. Sowell also makes the following statements: “We have no way of knowing how many of those children are carrying what ...

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‘Work with me’

To the Editor: The president keeps pleading with Congress and the Republicans to work with him on immigration, along with other matters that plague our country. Perhaps he should be pleading with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to work with the House of Representatives. The House has passed many bipartisan bills, including immigration reforms, but Sen. Reid refuses to bring them up for vote. The stack keeps getting higher. So how can the president get in front of a group of people and mislead them by saying the Republicans won’t work with him? It is Sen. Reid who won’t work ...

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Thomas Sowell – Attacking Achievement

New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, like so many others who call themselves “progressive,” is gung-ho to solve social problems. In fact, he is currently on a crusade to solve an educational problem that doesn’t exist, even though there are plenty of other educational problems that definitely do exist. The non-existent problem is the use of tests to determine who gets admitted to the city’s three most outstanding public high schools — Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech. These admissions tests have been used for generations, and the students in these schools have had spectacular achievements for generations. These achievements ...

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