Lower taxes benefit everyone
About the tax overhaul legislation discussed in last week’s letters, here’s a few thoughts. I think Mr. Roth had a good succinct (and clever) summary of what’s going on, and I can’t blame him for having a pessimistic view. At face value, the overhaul isn’t perfect. I think the question is, what is perfect? I’m sure no one can agree on that one either, but I’ll try and peek behind that curtain.
I look at all this in what I consider a holistic view. While one side says corporations (big business) are evil, I see that most all corporations offer public stock to purchase and share in its profits. In a sense, these corporations are non-profit. After whatever expenses and taxes they end up paying, the rest is dividends back to anyone who’s a shareholder. Yes, they retain sums of money for future expansion and liquidity, but who wouldn’t?
While one person might say the stock market is one big casino, the other person would say it is the most equal-opportunity non-discriminatory institution we have. The beauty of this is everyone and anyone has a choice to participate. What irritates me is those who choose not to participate will bash the other for making money. What irritates me more is the have-nots are always trying to find a way to get into the other’s bankroll via taxes. I find that less tasteful than capitalism trying to sell stuff.
Have you ever noticed it’s the successful ones that are always the problem? They made equal-opportunity choices, but if they succeed they must give it away (to us)?
The real eye-opener is that either way (21 percent or 35 percent corporate tax), the people are the ones paying, in all cases. It all comes from the consumer directly and indirectly, including corporate taxes. The corporate tax in reality is not unlike a national sales tax on consumers’ purchases. Those evil corporations do not generate these funds, the consumers do by demand and purchases.
Those who would fool themselves pointing fingers at the evil corporations are actually arguing to indirectly tax the consumer. So maybe it is the consumer’s responsibility to make wise choices, not everyone else’s fault if they don’t.
Robert W. Bonney
Lions help with glasses
An interesting thing happened to me when I went to get eyeglasses. It took about three years to do so. When I went in for my eye examine, the doctor first did my test to find out what was best for me to see better, then tested me for cataracts, which after 80 some years will need to be removed, so the clinic set me up for an operation in two or three months at our Ilwaco hospital. A week or two before I was to go in, a nurse called and said either my insurance or the doctors don’t mesh, but they would find someone else to do the work.
A few months later an Oregon hospital called and set up an appointment to see if I really needed the operation, I did but they were busy and made an appointment for a few months out. I finally got done but it still took about a month after the operation before I was okayed to go back to the eye clinic for my glasses. When I called for an appointment I was told the eye exam was no good now since I had the operation and it would cost me $160 for a new one. Since I am on a fixed income I had to choose between a leaky roof or new glasses, I choose fixing the roof.
After awhile someone told me to call the Lions for possible help. I did and after checking me out (income, etc.) I will now get my glasses this week.
Try these healthcare fixes
There were a few errors and omissions in U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s guest column in the Dec. 13 edition of the Chinook Observer. She stated that beginning Jan. 1, Pacific County residents enrolled in Premera will no longer have access to essential health care services in nearby Oregon towns. Since I recently enrolled my family in Premera, I called the insurance provider to get the details. There are actually three exceptions under which Premera enrollees in Pacific County can receive health care in Oregon, i.e. when they have been grandfathered in as enrollees, when there is a verified medical emergency, or when they are enrolled in Premera’s Medicare Plan F. I got this information by calling Premera at 1-800-817-3049; not the 1-888-742-1479 recommended by Rep. Herrera Beutler.
But the major omissions in Rep. Herrera Beutler’s guest column have to do with what she could do to solve access to healthcare problems, with the help of her Republican colleagues. Though Rep. Herrera Beutler voted not to repeal the ACA, her given reason was it would hurt children. In her guest column, she expressed concern for the healthcare of adults as well. So here are some suggested solutions for Rep. Herrera Beutler to look into:
1. Promote legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate the price of drugs with pharmaceuticals, saving billions of dollars per year in taxpayer dollars and lowering health insurance premiums.
2. Promote legislation to cap the cost of pharmaceutical drugs, as every other industrialized nation in the world does already. The health insurance plan my family just dropped effective the end of the year informed us in their cover letter they had to raise premiums by 20% due to the increased cost of prescription drugs.
3. Support legislation to allow the DEA to prevent pharmaceuticals from requiring medical providers to prescribe excessive quantities of opioids. This would reduce premiums and, more importantly, take a big step in reducing deaths due to opioid overdose.
4. Renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Help other children as you would like your child to be helped.
5. Support legislation to restore health insurance subsidies for the poor, on a sliding scale.
6. Support lengthening periods for health care enrollment; instead of shortening them, as Trump did this year. In spite of the shorter enrollment period, there were more enrollees than in 2016.
7. Support legislation to restore the Medicare funding that will be reduced annually by sequestration rules, triggered by the tax bill you endorsed.
8. Support universal health care for all Americans. For example, under a Medicare for All health care plan, a Pacific county resident could go to a medical provider anywhere in the United States, as long as the provider accepted Medicare for All. In most of Europe, citizens of a country can go to any medical provider in that country for care. And the country’s (taxpayers’) cost for that care is less than half what it is in the U.S. Or take a closer look at Canada’s health care system. My relatives in Canada love it.
By supporting the Republican tax plan, Representative Herrera Beutler has helped her donors to become more wealthy. Will she do what she can to make her constituents more healthy? We should all know by November 2018.
Check out Clatsop shelter
While volunteering at the Clatsop County Animal Shelter I met a dog named Bodie. He is a hound and runs as fast as any greyhound I’ve seen. When I first took him out for a walk, we stopped in the play area where we take the leashes off the dogs and let them chase tennis balls and run free. There is a nearly 6-foot-tall fence around it to keep the dogs from getting out.
I took Bodie’s leash off and went to grab a blue tennis-ball-chucker. I turned around and saw Bodie sitting at the foot of the fence facing up at the top corner. Before I could take another step, he jumped to the top of that fence with his front feet hooking over it, kicked and pulled his hind legs over it, landed on the ground and started sprinting towards the street. He ran to the first car he could find and stopped to get attention from the people inside while we came to round him up. That dog wanted to be free!
There are a lot of great dogs at the Clatsop County Animal Shelter that would love a good home, attention, kids to play with, a yard or sidewalk to become their new exercise location. What a good Christmas it would be for one of these dogs to have a family.
Come to the Clatsop County Animal Shelter and adopt a pet today! The shelter is at 1315 SE 19th St, Warrenton. Phone: 503-861-7387. Visit online at Petfinder.com.
Stop covering deportations
Once again you feature a story about the detention of an illegal alien. These stories are divisive and cause a lot of anger among the residents in that small community. It’s too controversial and needs to stop. The facts were not true and the writer obviously ignores the fact that no laws were broken by ICE. The only person who broke the law was the illegal alien. Let it go. Stop causing divide. Thank You.
Poem for Christmas
For everyone who has endured this troublesome year, looking to a better New Year, I tender this marvelous poem, composed by Sir Rabindranath Tagore, Bengali, India Noble Prize winner in 1913:
“Where the heart is without fear, and the head is held high, where knowledge is free, where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls, where words come out from the depths of truth, where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection, where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sands of dead habit, where the mind is lead forward by Thee into ever-widening thought and action into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let me country awake.”