Letters: Robert Crandall, Unauthorized Immigrants, Migrant Children, Uber, Voltaire, Guns

Remember tax code pastRe: "Turbulent thinking — Raise my taxes, says former American Airlines CEO Bob Crandall. That's how we'll fix income inequality," Sunday Points.Great idea to trumpet Robert Crandall's idea of raising taxes on folks like him, but, sadly, the essay failed to give us useful information by which to compare an earlier era and now. For some reason, the author frames the interview on when the tax rate was slashed under President Ronald Reagan, influenced by Grover Norquist and his "government small enough to drown in a bathtub" idea. What is not looked at is the times Crandall — born in 1935 — grew up in: the New Deal, World War II and a marginal tax rates of 91% on incomes over $200,000. Sadly, so long as we are encouraged to think the tax code was invented in the Reagan administration, we will be shackled to a distorted tax history. The modern economy was indelibly shaped by the New Deal, and ever since the Powell Memorandum became the gospel, conservative forces have been working to undo the New Deal and the idea of a nonpredatory capitalism, which raises the living standards of all Americans — a.k.a. a tax code that puts 67.7% of newly created wealth to the service of the "general welfare" instead of the 34% that it does today. Crandall seems to believe he is not taxed enough. The author would, by neglect or ignorance of our past, have us believe otherwise.Stephen Love, Northwest DallasLegal vs. illegal immigrationRe: "It's about illegality," by Mimi Hathaway, Sunday Letters.Thank you, Mimi Hathaway, you nailed it with your letter. Why is it so hard to understand that there is "legal" immigration and then "illegal" immigration. We are prepared for the legal part, but the illegal part cannot go on too long or we are not a sovereign country anymore. One has but to look at what's happening in France, Germany and England to see what uncontrolled immigration is doing. Yes, I have seen the young immigrant children being detained, in tears, usually the same one over and over. Why don't we see the videos of the young men throwing rocks at Border Patrol agents and trying to climb over the fences to get into our country?I'm certain protecting our sovereignty will be a big issue in the coming election season. About time.Robert Ponti, Far North DallasMessage for elected leadersAs a constituent, a parent and a human being, I urge Gov. Greg Abbott, state Rep. Rafael Anchia and state Sen. Royce West to do everything in their power to end the detention of migrant children. Children fleeing violence and poverty and seeking asylum should be united with their families and sponsors while they await hearings on their cases, not taken away and imprisoned! I urge my elected officials to support legislation such as the Shut Down Child Prison Camps Act that would prohibit the use of emergency influx facilities and prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services from sharing information with the Department of Homeland Security that could lead to the detention and deportation of sponsors who step forward to care for children. I believe all children deserve to live in safety and peace, and I expect my elected officials to uphold these values. I urge them to take steps to end child detention today!Russell Tilghman, Dallas/Oak CliffEnd incentives for companiesRe: "Officials to vote on Uber incentives — Transportation giant's proposed Dallas hub would create 3,000 jobs," Saturday news story.Dallas is offering incentives to Uber. Why? Unemployment is low, schools are struggling for improvement, fire and police need recruits, violent crime is high, road construction can't keep up, potholes are the subject of most City Council meetings, traffic is horrendous, and I read in The Dallas Morning News that water sources may not be able to handle greater population strains. I think incentives, including the Texas Enterprise Fund, should be eliminated and money spent on schools, fire and police protection, and help for the needy.Diane Parker, Oak LeafVoltaire weighs inThe following quotation is attributed to Voltaire and is applicable to the recent massacre in El Paso, the attacks on our country on Sept. 11, 2001, and the destruction of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."Woody Baker, GarlandThe real threatThe Texas Legislature has supposedly been trying to keep me safe by enacting restrictions on abortions, sanctuary cities and who can use which bathroom. The president and the Republicans in Congress have supposedly tried to keep me safe by banning refugees, Muslims and immigrants. They have all been focusing on the wrong things. They should have been passing laws to protect me from the angry men who use guns to shoot people in public gathering places.Linda Boroughs, Dallas/Oak Lawn  Continue reading...

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