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Feb. 14, 2014 @ 07:01 AM

Columnist does always know best

Columnist Mark Caserta is right: Our Republican form of government is being threatened by recent developments. But not for the reasons cited.

When politicians can be bought by big money; when lobby­ists can use unsavory tactics to influence how legislators vote; when districts are gerrymandered to manipulate election outcomes — yes, our republic is threatened. The financial sector spends billions of dol­lars lobby ing in Wash­ington (see Chrystia Freeland, “Plutocrats,” p.223). As Nobel Prize-winning econo­mist Joseph E. Stiglitz puts it: Financiers “helped to write a set of rules that allows them to do well, even in the crises that they help create” (The Price of Inequality, p.

61). He notes that the energy and natural resources industries spent more than $3.2 billion on lobbying in 2011 alone (p. 95).

If Caserta truly believes that govern­ment should reflect the will of the people, perhaps he should be grateful that our current president wants to use the limited executive powers granted by the Constitution to tran­scend Congressional gridlock and to facilitate the aspirations of the American people.

Why does Caserta perpetually patronize Herald-Dispatch read­ers with his insistence that he knows best?

Leonard Deutsch

Huntington

Tax reductions issue a must for candidate

People often say that elections are about choices and in 2014, we have a very clear choice. We can con­tinue going down a path of decline and economic decay or we can change the way we do business here in the Mountain State and bring new jobs and opportunity.

As we also see in Washington D.C., lib­eral Democrats here in West Virginia are trying to reach into the pockets of the work­ing class and take out even more taxes. Most recently, Delegate Jim Morgan of Cabell County has proposed an increase in the state sales tax at a time it will hurt West Virgin­ians the most. As a can­didate for the House of Delegates, 16th District, I believe that all new taxes are bad, especial­ly at a time like when people are struggling to make ends meet.

I believe that after 80 years of Demo­cratic rule, it’s time we send a message to Charleston by elect­ing conservatives who not only oppose tax increases, but support tax reductions. When elected, I will fight for the people and work to reduce taxes.

David Bender

Huntington
 

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