Targeting blue states
EDITOR: The Republican tax plan isn’t about streamlining taxes by eliminating loopholes, but rather it is punishment for blue states that had the temerity to vote for Hillary Clinton.
They want to eliminate deductions for personal losses due to fires and earthquakes. Along with the possibility of a full repeal of deductions for state and local income taxes, this seems to target California. Could having a Democratic majority be a factor?
The reality is that California gets far less back from the federal government than we pay in taxes, so we are, in effect, subsidizing red states by the taxes we pay in blue California.
It’s incredulous that those who have lost their homes in recent fires now may face the insult of being unable to deduct some of this grievous loss on their income taxes.
And, finally, is it really a surprise that these tax proposals would clearly benefit Donald Trump and his various businesses? It seems like a clear conflict of interest. Maybe he could recuse himself?
EDITOR: Referring to the latest Texas massacre, Donald Trump suggests it isn’t a gun issue but rather a mental health issue. I agree. I think our country is insane.
I was recently in Australia where hand-held weapons of mass destruction were banned after the Port Arthur massacre of 1996. Homicides and suicide by gun have both declined ever since. Will our cowboy mythology ever loosen its grip on our psyches and allow us to live in peace? Perhaps only John Wayne knows.
Rethinking after the fire
EDITOR: It’s tough knowing the right direction to proceed and even tougher to convince our neighbors to change anything. Politicians can tend toward cowardice. It’s nice to get re-elected.
The easiest direction is to put the houses back in as close to what was burned as possible, but what if we had a Windsor Town Green in our midst?
What if the owners getting rearranged in this ended up with a more valuable property that is the envy of the North Bay? In the abstract and general it would be nice to have an inviting town green for concerts, surrounded by local businesses that reflect our needs and the area, but in the specific no one wants to have his patch disturbed.
I was a resident of Coffey Park, and if I ended up with, maybe, a couple condos above a business or perhaps income from a business on my property, plus a nice other place to rebuild near the green, I would be awfully tempted.
What does everyone else have for interesting ideas?
EDITOR: My wife and I were astounded by the insensitive, maligning nature of Robert Beauchamp’s letter in Monday’s paper (“Hasty rebuilding”). I can speak personally for the tremendous sense of community in Santa Rosa — concern and caring from Santa Rosans for those of us who lost homes and property.
Telling us what to do is irritating, but the presentation is demeaning. Beauchamp inserts himself into our community yet distinguishes himself as separate and somehow better. Thousands of us lost our homes, possessions, pets, businesses and precious keepsakes.