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N.H. overall tax burden may be low but it's not shared equally

To The Daily Sun,

Last week the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill that would reduce the rate of the business profits and the business enterprise taxes. That action will reduce the state revenue about $80 million. So with less revenue for essential community services, who will pick up the cost?

Supposedly New Hampshire has one of the lowest tax burdens in the nation. The tax burden is not shared equally. With the reduction of business taxes, no estate tax, and no income tax, we will see property taxes increase. The least able will continue to pay the highest percentage of their income for taxes.

We will remain a haven for the rich, while local government will need to increase property taxes and many community organizations will need to increase their fundraising efforts. We can hope the wealthy who reap the benefits of low taxes will continue to open their wallets to those organizations and agencies. Our lowest-income families will need assistance to pay their energy, healthcare, housing, childcare, and food.

Our second hope is that our legislators will recognize the need to support a reasonable minimum wage.

Susan Wiley

Sandwich

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Letters should be fact-checked by a nonpartisan panel

To The Daily Sun,

Don't know about the rest of you letter writers but religion seems to be the main topic these days. Since Friday, Feb. 20, religion has been the main topic seven times from the usual political writers.

Local politics took up most of the other letters that week. Of those writers I include: Linda Wood, Siden, Cracraft, Earle, Veverka, Jim McCoole, McCoy and Ewing. Earle and Veverka have their own personal issues, but most attacks were towards Siden and Veverka. Other interesting, non-religion based, writers are Bernadette Loesch, Whitman, Michael Harris with some good ideas for thought, Linda Riley on taxes, Russ Wiles and G.W. Brooks on climate change.

Hopefully some form of fact checking took place before these were sent for publication. As for my opinion, I feel no letters — or more important, no TV-type ad — should be run until they are fact checked by a non­partisan panel of some type. Especially before an election. This might be the only possible way of getting something truthful out to the voters. For those of you that don't think this is important just look or listen to those elected. That should convince you beyond all doubt.

We can't control the way they do the job, but at least we will know they have some information of the topics they will be considering. Most likely any of us could do just as well as they do now. We might vote out of order or not understand how to or when a filibuster is okay. It should be simple ­ Yes or No / Pass or Fail ­ easy right?

The only people who know this get elected but they still don't have a clue what the vote was all about.

Jon Hoyt

Plymouth

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