We’ve got just one more example of an arrogant government ignoring the Constitution as it looks for any self-serving loophole to justify its abuse of power. See Rich Lowry’s column on June 6, “The IRS scandal shows administration’s lawlessness.”

It’s no surprise to me, as many federal government agencies have been doing it for years: TSA, OSHA, EPA, BATFE, Energy, Eduction, agriculture, etc. When a department gets as powerful as the IRS and abuses its authority and continues to expand its area of control, it’s time to fix it.

Ignore any effort to downsize or control the IRS. Just institute a flat tax without loopholes or tax credits, except for those below the poverty line.

A national sales tax would be better than what we have, but I suspect it would affect the economy in a negative way. Adding 10 or 20 percent to a listed price, on top of existing sales taxes, would probably discourage or delay many purchases.

Overall, the IRS is a paperwork department.

A simple flat tax would result in a tremendous saving in personnel and infrastructure.

Norm Beavers



I have witnessed several news reports based on leaks related to secret and top secret information. The persons violating their clearances can be subject to prosecution. Reporters, motivated by a good headline, theoretically are not subject to criminal punishment, because of the tradition of freedom of the press.

I am a strong believer in the value of free press and accountability of the government. What concerns me is the continual leaking of top secret information. It has become a traditional part of our political discourse. It probably is true that some information needs to be secret for national security and becoming a nation of political leaks is a concern is a concern. Maybe we should re-examine our system.

Blake Bailey



What makes us who we are? That’s simple, it’s our experiences as youths and young adults, plus our parents and friends — and maybe a mentor or two mold our views and character with the influence of our environment at the time.

A youth in WWII was influenced differently than a youth who grew up during the Vietnam Era, or more recently the materialistic era of the 1970s-‘80s, or in the current the debt/joblessness era.

I am a classic example of a WWII youth. My father volunteered two months after Pearl Harbor and landed in the Normandy invasion with a tent hospital unit. They advanced with the front line all the way to Germany.

My dad’s nephew was killed at Guadalcanal, his best friend and others were killed. I thought constantly of all the soldiers, navy and airmen who daily gave their lives and prayed my Dad would not be one of them. It molded my life as a self-professed patriot and political activists. Each of you knows what molded you into who you are. I had heart problems and couldn’t go to Korea or Vietnam but many of you were molded and permanently hurt by those experiences.

Others of you can relate to the materialistic era, or to the current to the debt/joblessness generation.

That total mix explains today’s political mess in Washington, as we voters put our “stupid” Congress there, and elected no real leader to the presidency since Ronald Reagan. All that is required now is the ability to smile and read a teleprompter as the mess grows, bankrupting our country and destroying our Constitution. Is that our destiny after so many suffered and died? It will be if you and I do not really change Washington, instead of settling for more false promises.

Harry Bergman



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