GOP tax ‘reform’
EDITOR: That sound you hear is the popping of champagne corks in the yachts, penthouses and boardrooms of America, and it should make you sick to your stomach. Our faux populist president and his merry band from the Grand Oligarchical Party have successfully perpetrated the most shameful upward transfer of wealth in our nation’s history.
We’ve heard time and time again of the rapturous benefits of trickle-down economics, even though these claims never have been substantiated in previous iterations of tax “reforms” that favor the rich.
We’ve heard these politicians righteously rail against the recklessness of increasing our national debt when a Democrat is in the White House, but we’ve seen these same deficit hawks become gleeful songbirds when it’s they who proffer giveaways that pillage the nation’s coffers.
And let us not forget the underlying assumption that drives their actions: If you’re not rich, it’s your fault. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said it best when defending the virtual elimination of the estate tax: “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing — as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”
Seeing and healing
EDITOR: I have to thank Andrew Hadas for his excellent Close to Home column (“Another view on fire ‘looky-loos.’ ” Nov. 26).
Watching the hills burn around my home in Rincon Valley while driving out at 3 a.m. was horrifying, yet we escaped tragedy without loss of one hour of electricity and returned to everything. The first word I heard of a friend’s home in Kenwood being gone is forever burned in my memory. The firestorm was hard for me to grasp, and I couldn’t get a handle on my feelings; it was too surreal and numbing.
Recently my husband took me through Fountaingrove, and I wept. My heart ached with helplessness. I grieved for my neighbors and friends. I had to see it to feel it.
Thank you, Andrew. Your words justified my visit to the devastation. I wasn’t a tourist taking a selfie. Instead, the firsthand images helped me understand and heal so I may be softer, kinder and gentler and more understanding to those whose lives were changed forever. May God be with us all as we rebuild and restore physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
A league of their own
EDITOR: As I read the results of high school football playoff games, one thing really stands out. Marin Catholic and Cardinal Newman were in the finals. Middleton lost to St Patrick-St Vincent. Three of those four are private schools.
Mater Dei of Santa Ana is ranked first in California, and storied De La Salle is No. 5. De La Salle had an incredibly long winning streak and became the subject of a movie by beating up on public schools whose players they had recruited.
It’s ridiculous to have schools that can recruit and provide scholarships play against regular public schools. Private schools need to have their own leagues where their highly financed programs can compete against one another.