President Kennedy supported tax cuts

"A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget. Every taxpayer and his family will have more money left over after taxes for a new car, a new home, new conveniences, education and investment. Every businessman can keep a higher percentage of his profits in his cash register or put it to work expanding or improving his business, and as the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues." - President John F. Kennedy, 1963.

It is interesting to find the idol of the Democratic Party spouting such heresy as the Republicans of today. Go figure.

Andy Ainslie

Rapid City

Tax bill targets teachers, elderly

Now that the tax reform bill is one step closer to becoming law, I make one last appeal to our state lawmakers: this bill hurts South Dakotans.

Both versions of the bill being considered would repeal a deduction for school teachers that spend out of pocket for classroom supplies. South Dakota's teachers are already the lowest paid in the nation. This bill stretches their checks even thinner, or costs our children needed school supplies.

It also repeals a deduction for medical expenses, penalizing the elderly and people with chronic conditions. Studies show medical costs are already the number one cause of people being driven into poverty in the U.S. This only makes that worse. Meanwhile, golf course owners will get a deduction. So will private plane manufacturers. And corporations like Cisco, Pfizer and Coca Cola have already admitted the millions they'll save will not go toward hiring more employees or raising wages, but toward buying back company stocks, increasing their value for wealthy shareholders.

I urge our representatives in Washington — Mike Rounds, John Thune and Kristi Noem — to fight for a bill that will help South Dakotans rather than penalize us in order to hand out a fortune to corporations.

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David Paul


Congress no longer listens to voters

What good is it to write anymore? Why should we write letters to a dishonest Congress or Senate? They steal our money from Social Security. Fact. They can’t keep their hands off women or boys. Why should taxpayers have to pay for their sex crimes? America’s voters wake up. Vote them all out of office. Thank you for your time in this matter.

Paulette Reed

Rapid City

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