I am responding to the April 30 letter, “Tax-evading corporations.”
The writer was struck by information, presented by Bill Moyers on PBS, about how corporations (not identified in the letter) are making record profits but not hiring more people or giving out raises, and how they are parking money offshore to evade taxes.
If Moyers knows of any company that is evading taxes, as opposed to legally avoiding them, I hope he has reported it to the feds. Or is he purposely misleading his audience?
Many companies are hoarding excess cash, no doubt some in offshore, interest-bearing accounts, because they face uncertain, massive new regulations and costs for Obamacare.
The writer claims that GOP members are the “Guardians of Privilege.” She says government has continued writing laws that protect the richest 1 percent.
Doesn’t she know who is running the government right now and for the past four years? Certainly not the Republicans.
Even so, the writer claims that President Obama is being forced to cut back programs such as Social Security and Medicare.
Republicans have proposed restructuring them to preserve them for the future, but the Democrats will have none of that. For them, the future is now. They did cut Medicare by about $700 billion to help pay for Obamacare.
With all of the bashing of millionaires and billionaires that President Obama relishes doing, you wouldn’t think he would want them in his administration, even though he happily accepts their campaign contributions. But just a few days ago, he nominated Penny Pritzker to be secretary of commerce.
Though well-qualified, she happens to be a billionaire businesswoman, way up in that nasty 1 percent group of top earners. She and her family have used offshore companies to invest in properties, which enabled them to avoid some taxes.
But she did raise over a million dollars for the president’s re-election campaign.
The letter writer might want to talk to the president about that.
Catholic community meets the challenge
It is great news for Northeast Ohio that the Rooted in Faith — Forward in Hope campaign of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese raised more than $170 million.
I want to thank Bishop Richard Lennon for his ideas but most of all for his faith in the good people of the diocese. Thanks should go to Bishop Roger Gries, and to the priests, brothers and nuns who worked so hard to reach the lofty goal.
Thanks, too, to the staff of the Catholic Community Foundation.
There should be big cheers for the laity, so many thousands of generous donors. The laity responded, not only with dollars but with prayer. Many hours are provided by volunteers to the various ministries and agencies that support those in need.
The campaign could have been titled “Rooted in Faith” by our parents and grandparents and “Forward in Hope” for our children and grandchildren.
Charles J. Snee
On Friday, the newspaper ran an article with the headline, “Suicide rate jumps 40% for middle-aged whites.” I found it curious and appalling that the report failed to mention the even more alarming 65 percent jump in the suicide rate for Native American peoples, shown in a chart.
I am saddened that Native American people continue to be invisible and of little concern to mainstream America.