EDITOR: What a minute. Chad Sheldon (“Repeal the gas tax,” Letters, Wednesday) said that “if you drive 1,000 miles a month, at just a 12-cent increase, it takes $700 profit out of your pocket.”
Cars and light trucks sold in the United States hit a new record for fuel efficiency last year: 23.6 miles per gallon, on average. When we take 1,000 miles and divide it by 23.6 miles per gallon, we get 42.373 gallons of gas required to travel those 1,000 miles, and 42.373 gallons of gas times 12 tax cents per gallon equals $5.08 — a somewhat smaller amount than $700.
Do you editors ever bother to fact check the dubious claims made by your impassioned letter writers?
Cutting the debt
EDITOR: Democrats claim that the GOP tax bill would hurt the middle class and argue for retaining the tax deductions for state and local taxes and home mortgage interest, both of which primarily benefit the rich, who end up with lower taxes. This is contrary to their arguments that tax reductions for the rich shouldn’t be implemented. Doubling the standard deduction should help many intermediate- and low-income taxpayers.
Economic growth is the only way out of our national debt, which doubled under President Barack Obama and now stands at more than $60,000 for every man, woman and child and is ever increasing with our deficit spending.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the deficit will double over 30 years with our current growth rate of under 2 percent. At a 3 percent growth rate, it would be reduced by a quarter.
I find it hypocritical that Democrats object to the $1.5 trillion cost of the tax plan over 10 years but didn’t object to the Obama deficit.
Progressives should embrace this tax plan, since with economic growth the tax base would provide more money to the government for increased spending on social programs.
As much as we dislike President Donald Trump, we should support him in getting the country growing again, which is why he was elected.
Cable news hyperbole
EDITOR: With the immediacy of the media frenzy, it won’t be long before we see on cable news: “We interrupt our news program for Breaking News … wait … we’re holding the Breaking News for Developing News. I’m sorry, we leave our Developing News for Apocalypse Now News.”
EDITOR: George Will made a ham-handed attempt at humor in a Thanksgiving Day column (“A nod to one more year of US hilarity”), proving once again that you can’t laugh at politics and culture while, at the same time, ignoring the irony and deception that drives our world of news and information.
The Gratitude section
EDITOR: Many thanks for the stunning, deeply moving Gratitude section you included in the Thanksgiving Day edition. The tales of homespun heroism evoked tears but also an upwelling of love for this resilient community. Your leadership in making meaning and shaping our memory of these events is greatly appreciated.