EDITOR: Twenty-six more folks murdered.
I dreamed that President Donald Trump said: “Enough already of ‘our hearts and prayers are with you.’ We must reduce the gun culture. It will take a long, long time, but let’s start now. I announce a government buyback of all semi-automatic weapons and a ban on their future sales.”
I awoke to hear him say “Our hearts and prayers are with you … mental health, deranged individual, act of evil, not a gun issue, guns are the solution, knives and trucks kill people, we need to find out what made this guy tick so this can never happen again, unity, pull together, we are strong, our hearts and prayers, blah, blah, blah …”
A big issue
EDITOR: Joe Matthews wrote a timely column about California’s fear of heights in the Oct. 29 Forum section. I recommend that everybody read it because it has relevance to the issue at hand, which is rebuilding after the horrendous fires in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties.
As a resident of the city of Sonoma, I was lucky to escape the actual fires and just had to deal with road closures and smoky and unhelpful air.
As someone who lives in one of the most innovative and forward-thinking parts of the country, I suggest that we consider rebuilding Coffey Park (and possibly other areas) by going vertically. By doing so, we can achieve two goals: increase the number of housing units, which is sorely needed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and slow urban sprawl.
Tax relief for Trumps
EDITOR: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act should be renamed the Trump Family Relief Act. Under this proposed legislation, the Trump family will save hundreds of millions of dollars, maybe billions with the elimination of the estate tax. The elimination of the alternative minimum tax could save Donald Trump $31 million based on his 2005 tax return. Then there is the lowering of the pass-through rate, which would require Trump to pay a maximum of 25 percent of the business income that is reported on his personal tax returns.
To pay for the Trump Family Relief Act, the proposed legislation would eliminate the interest deduction on student loans, thus making a college education even more expensive. It would eliminate the deduction for medical expenses used by seniors for nursing home care and by parents to cover medical costs for their special needs children. As for doubling the standard deduction, this would be offset by elimination of personal exemptions, and the bump in the child care credit would disappear in five years.
If you believe that the Trump family needs this relief that we will pay for, please contact your members of Congress.
Value of hemp
EDITOR: Medical marijuana is legal. Its medical benefits, particularly in the fields of psychology and cancer treatment, are now available to all. Recreational marijuana is now legal. This will put an end to the abuses in the medical marijuana industry and, in the long run, reduce marijuana consumption by taking away its association with romantic rebellion.