Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Prices and taxes

Friday, February 24, 2012

Dear Editor:

Millionaires should pay more taxes.

Fuel prices are just too high----they are robbing working people and farmers.

That high price is multiplying all costs to people----which in turn drives up all other prices so, in effect, we are paying twice for the fuel.

Yes, the government needs to cut back on spending, but taxes are not the biggest problem of the working people. It's the price of fuel and gas and heating too. When a young worker has to spend $200 a month for gas to go to work, he has not enough left for house and car payments and food and kids clothes.

Example: Like filling the tractor fuel tank for $3 years ago and now the same tank full is $60. Farm products are up--milk, corn, beans and beef are up two to three times what they were, but expenses are up about six to 10 times what they should be in comparison--like feed, fertilizer, equipment and tractor fuel.

We talked to people in many states--Kansas, Pennsylvania, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota. And there is no shortage of oil here. But yet our prices hinge on foreign oil. They try to make us believe we need imported oil and it is 20 times higher than they used to be. Millionaires should pay more income tax than John Q. Public and without their notorious loopholes.

Ed Welters

Verona, Missouri