Amazon should pay
Amazon’s desire not to pay sales tax at this time is bad news for California.
I am a longtime shopper on Amazon.com, but I will not shop there in the future for anything that is taxed. If the stores in San Luis Obispo have to collect taxes, then I believe Amazon should also.
Amazon used profits made from our purchases to sponsor a ballot referendum to overturn the California law. If enough California consumers refuse to buy from Amazon, the message may reach Amazon that taxes are needed and every business should pay its fair share.
Hannah E. MacGregor
All about profits
The July 18 front-page article on Amazon.com’s effort to avoid paying taxes on products sold in California brings to my mind the story of labor unions 100 years ago, when manufacturing and mining companies fought, sometimes literally, to keep unions out of their businesses.
They could easily have afforded to raise the pay of workers but were interested, not in the welfare of their employees or of the country, but only in maximizing profits.
Any responsible company has a three-fold responsibility: (1) to be profitable, (2) to take good care of its employees, and (3) to pay its fair share of taxes to support state and national governing bodies.
By firing 10,000 California affiliates and spending millions to fight the online tax issue, Amazon.com seems to be focused strictly on profit.
Mugged by meters
I recently drove into downtown San Luis Obispo to shop.
What an experience!
First, I was mugged by a parking meter, and when I returned to my car a few minutes late, I found that I had been the victim of highway robbery by a meter maid. This city-sanctioned duo of Bonnie and Clyde appears to be getting more aggressive than the panhandlers.
It makes those wide-open shopping center parking lots throughout the county look pretty friendly to me. You notice we are getting more and more of them.
Do you wonder why?
Jerry M. Reiss
San Luis Obispo