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Letter to the Editor: 'Tax break' is extortion

Pile of nonsense

To the editor:

What a great big steaming pile of nonsense! Our American Republic has fallen so low that many huge cities are bankrupt or nearly so and struggling municipalities like The Dalles are reduced to taking charity from mindless corporations. “Oh, please Google, sir, may I have another?”

I have been a business operator and owner for nearly 20 years in The Dalles. I subscribe to the ideas of buy local, personally as well as professionally. I contribute to the support of numerous local arts programs like Community Concerts and The Dalles Theatre Company — also sports like The Dalles Football Program.

I give cans and used linens to Home at Last and toiletries to Haven. I always donate to whoever asks for door prizes and auction items for any local fundraiser. It is the best advertising money can buy in a small community, but that’s not the only reason. I do it because I live here. This is my home. I teach exercise classes for cheap at the Senior Center. I make house calls to retirement homes at no extra cost. I give back because it’s the right thing to do, not because I get a whopping tax break.

Let’s call this “tax break” what it really should be called: extortion. Multinationals and giant corporations around the world hold us hostage to the promise of jobs. The money they will pay for programs is a pittance compared to the taxes they should pay. We should be calling that a bribe.

The county commissioners and city council are over a barrel and are not completely at fault. They are trying to do the best they can under the circumstances. That doesn’t mean I have to like it. I’m mad! How long before we have to swear fealty, hmmm? How long will it be when these large corporations can openly rule America? Google is un-American and unpatriotic. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Debra Lutje

The Dalles

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