Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 7/24

Can’t annex forever

The city easily could have structured the currently proposed Orcutt Area annexation to leave out nearly all the residents who object to being annexed, though the resulting city boundary would not have been as tidy. (All the land still could have been included in the Specific Plan, to address truly long-term contingencies.)

It’s interesting that when the land now containing the Home Depot and Target developments was proposed for annexation, I suggested including the Dalidio property so the city would gain jurisdiction over what remains an island of unincorporated land. I was told that the city would not annex land over a property owner’s objection. I guess there are owners and then there are owners.

The unacknowledged fact hanging over all of this is that either the city is going to add pavement and traffic forever, or someday it’s going to stop. If it’s going to stop, it makes little difference in the grand scheme of things whether someday is 50 years from now, 25 years from now, or now.

Glen Matteson

San Luis Obispo

Work of clarity

The July 17 commentary in The Tribune (“Do lower taxes really stimulate job growth?”) was a wonderful example of a complex issue made simple.

Please try to obtain Ann McFeatters’ work on a regular schedule.

We need her clarity.

Hy Weiser

Avila Beach

Identify yourself

I read about the ads that are being sponsored by unknown entities to politically attack current elected officials. I heard my first one recently.

My reaction is that those who want to say something to me need to be as transparent as possible so I can evaluate what they are saying, partially based on what they have said and done in the past.

There must be something to gain by the entities behind these ads that I would think of as inappropriate, or they would come out and state their position, like “I’m so-and-so and I support this ad.”

All I can say is they give me more inclination to support the target of the ad.

Rick Young

Morro Bay

Not greedy, but poor

Sophia Schwan’s letter (“Who are the greedy?” July 20) indicates she does not understand how the U.S. tax system works.

Americans do not decide the amount of their income tax; they follow tax laws passed by U.S. Congress. Congress has the sole authority to specify how to determine gross income, exemptions, deductions and credits.

If the gross income is equal to or less than the total of deductions, exemptions and credits, there is no taxable income and no income tax. The 57 percent of Americans pay no income tax because they have no taxable income.

They have a hard time making ends meet. Instead of shamefully labeling them “greedy,” they should be treated with compassion.

The 1 percent who pay 39.5 percent of all U.S. taxes have acquired half of the income growth since 1993, leaving only half for the other 99 percent of Americans. The richest 1 percent collectively have a greater net worth than the entire bottom 90 percent.

A strong case can be made that the rich are not paying enough taxes and thus increasing economic disparity. In 2010, pay for an average worker increased by 2 percent while the average increase for CEOs was 23 percent. Something has gone wrong with our economic system resulting in growing income inequality.

Zaf Iqbal

San Luis Obispo