EDITOR: I am in favor of a national sales tax that would be perhaps as low as 3 percent or 4 percent of all consumer level sales, replacing the income tax entirely. Readers of your Wednesday editorial (“Thompson: An effective leader in Congress”) could easily misunderstand your analysis and conclude that I am in favor of a flat income tax. I am in favor of the repeal of all success-punishing income taxes.
STEWART JOHN CILLEY
Candidate, 5th Congressional District
EDITOR: The city of Cotati's curious fascination with roundabouts has, for the moment at least, been thankfully curtailed by the sad realities of the state budget (“State rejects county projects,” Monday).
I continue to wonder, however, why the city is so obsessed with these roundabout plans. While “traffic calming,” one of the primary stated objectives is a noble goal, it is to my mind not an appropriate project for a street (Old Redwood Highway, between East Cotati Avenue and Highway 116) that provides a major arterial function, not just for the city of Cotati but for surrounding municipalities and unincorporated areas.
The city's handpicked and well-paid traffic consultants may say otherwise, but a modicum of research will reveal that the location of this particular project would be deemed unwise, even by traffic experts who are generally pro-roundabout.
Say no to Huffman
EDITOR: Of the 10 richest members of Congress, seven are Democrats. These are the same Democrats who want to tax small business owners while peddling their fair-share garbage. Why is the majority Democrats? The reason is, they are hypocrites when it comes to the economy and when it comes to taxing and spending your money without regard.
I recently received a campaign flier in the mail from another empty suit, Assemblyman Jared Huffman. While not a millionaire, his campaign promise of wanting to cut defense spending is an ignorant position to take while trying to pimp that stance with the lack of education spending.