Letters to the editor (5/21/12)

Taxing according to Troy: Four steps can make it simple

I once had an old oil field friend from West Texas named Troy Love. Troy had a Will Rogers personality, as he didn't talk much, but when he did, what he had to say was so profound that everyone listened. One time we were discussing politics and Troy came up with his simple tax plan. So here is what he had for starters:

Line A: How much did you earn last year (total earnings).

Line B: How much did it cost to earn line A.

Line C: Subtract line B from line A.

Line D: Multiply the result by 10 percent.

Line E: The result is your tax due.

Now, taking from Troy's plan and into account the number of dependents, the line D percent could be adjusted upward to a total of 10 percent depending on the income bracket, with lower incomes in tax brackets below that amount. And everyone pays except for our military and contractors in combat zones, which would be like Vietnam where we were tax exempt.

Now, would this ever be enacted in Washington? Probably not; it's way too simple.

-- Bud Blakemore


Police officer drove past woman lying half in street

On the evening of May 16, I passed a woman half on the sidewalk, legs on the road on Ingra. We stopped about three blocks down and I ran to get her out of the road.

As I ran, I witnessed an amazing thing. An APD officer swerved to avoid her legs and kept on driving.

When I called CSP (Community Service Patrol), I was even more amazed to find the officer couldn't even be bothered to make that simple call.

When I got to her, I found an elderly Native woman, well dressed, clean, even gold on her fingers. She had a slight smell of alcohol, not the overwhelming stench you associate with street drunks.

As I walked her to safety, she had a seizure, and I surmise that was how she ended up where I found her. I dialed 911 and the response was quick and friendly.

When I told the responding officer (a supervisor) about the first officer's negligence, he was as shocked as I was. I hope he finds the officer in question.

-- Charles Ketcham


Trust mustn't let temptation lead to unwise development

The Alaska Mental Health Trust is one of the owners of the property that Pac-Rim wants to develop as a coal strip mine. I wholeheartedly support the mission of the trust but the coal mined in Alaska will be shipped to Asian countries and, when it's burned, the toxic byproducts will blow right back to Alaska in the form of air pollutants like mercury. Developing coal mines would raise money to promote the health of some by sacrificing the health of us all, not to mention the health of a productive salmon stream.

Jeff Jessee, CEO of the trust, said at a recent hearing that it is important to sell the coal before coal goes the way of asbestos. Is he admitting that the toxic byproducts of coal are as bad as the side effects of asbestos? If so, this is not only bad policy but unethical.

I am confident that if the AMHT board refuses the temptation to allow these unwise developments, opportunities will present themselves in the future as new technologies are developed.

-- Jane Haigh


Sweep some more, city

Downtown streets are clean! How about cleaning streets in Bootlegger Cove: U and S. Enjoy the great hiking on the Coastal Trail. Kiddies, enjoy the new playground at Westchester: (Margaret?) Sullivan Park.

-- Mary Turner