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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Tax bluff</b>

EDITOR: I have to laugh every time I hear congressional Republicans say they won't vote to raise taxes. That's the beauty of the president's position. They don't have to. The Bush tax cuts are going to expire Jan. 1 whether they vote or not. Simple.

To be technical, by giving the Bush tax cuts temporary status with an expiration date, congressional Republicans voted to raise taxes in this way from the beginning. Where was their overlord Grover Norquist then?

The fiscal cliff is a bit of a misnomer anyway. Implementation of taxes and cuts after Jan. 1 would be more gradual than cliff-like, so there would be time to negotiate a balanced plan; urgent yes, but apocalyptic, no.

I hope the president calls their bluff and holds firm on one of his most important campaign promises: to ask the top tax bracket to pay more. Republicans are hoping to kick this can down the road, hoping they'll be in a stronger negotiating position in 2014. Don't let them do it, Mr. President.

PATRICK NAGEL

Ukiah

<b>Voters have spoken</b>

EDITOR: The 2012 Sebastopol election is over, and the vocal minority has spoken. Robert Jacob and John Eder are the apparent winners. Among their challengers was a candidate who exhorted others to work "under the radar" for the passage of an unpopular project and a former councilwoman who attempted to repaint herself green.

I'm proud that I supported Jacob and Eder. They're a good fit for Sebastopol, and I'm sure they will work vigorously toward making Sebastopol a vibrant, progressive community.


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