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Insulting letters and tax cuts for the rich

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The mean-spirited comments and personal insults contained in some letters to the editor legitimize John Wright’s argument (“Frequent letter writers deter civil discourse,” April 5.) Such letters are no more than ad hominem insults and appear too often in this paper .

Other papers employ guidelines for letters to the editor, such as strict word limits or no more than one letter per period, for practical reasons or to encourage as many voices as possible . If nothing else, it discourages the kind of reflexive ad hominem attacks which appear so often here.

Trump unfortunately employed the same tactics during his campaign. Now, he sends invective tweets against adversaries, which make for great cover for his lies. One of his biggest, the “massive tax relief program for the middle class” — his words.

According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, the tax cuts are massive, $6.2.trillion over the next 10 years, but not for the middle class. “Of the $6.2 trillion in cuts, the richest 1 percent will enjoy 47 percent of those cuts, or nearly $3 trillion over 10 years. The middle class, however — should we choose to define it as those taxpayers in the wealthiest 20 percent to 80 percent of the population — would receive only 20 percent of the tax cuts, combined.”

Forbes recently stated that the Republican tax cut proposal would give “the wealthiest 20 percent of taxpayers an average annual tax cut of $16,660 — with the top 1 percent walking away with an extra $214,000!” The rest of us get significantly less, around $1,500.

And of course, Republicans are taking away health insurance from the poorest and most ill among us, again. How else could Trump and Ryan fund tax cuts to the wealthy?

Deborah A. Baro
Wilson

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