Letters to the editor for February 17, 2012

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Simplify the tax code

To the Editor:

Math Problem: If the top 5 percent of the higher income earners are paying nearly 60 percent of all the federal income taxes collected and the bottom 46percent are paying 0percent income taxes then why can't I find 99 percent of anyone anywhere? The president talks a lot about millionaires and billionaires not paying their fair share. That's about the same as me whining about a sink full of dirty dishes. I can fix my problem and so can he. DC is in charge of the tax code that as reported is over 72,000 pages. Get rid of that book and the tax revenues would automatically increase. It's a book full of loopholes, favors, and write-offs the politicians have added over the years, most of which favor their supporters and themselves. If the government took all the money away from the rich they would burn through it in a matter of a couple of months or less. Then what? Bailouts, misspent stimulus money, waivers from Obamacare to unions, and money thrown at the failing and bankrupt green job companies came from the president and congress, not the rich. The pot of discontent is being stirred by hateful websites, politicians and billionaire individuals that want oppression over all and power for a few. The result: the people's parks and other properties are being destroyed by the tent and trash groups. I wonder if those individuals that are paid to protest pay taxes on the money they receive. Everyone should occupy their phones, mail, and emails to tell the president and congress to write a simple tax code that will bring in more revenue and less confusion for all Americans.

Lenore Swanberg


Proton Therapy

To the Editor:

As the wife of a prostate cancer survivor, I take issue with the recent Associated Press article "Study Questions Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer," which your newspaper ran on Feb. 6, 2012.

This article could not have been more incorrect. Proton beam radiation therapy for prostate cancer has been in existence since 1990. This treatment has been used and carefully recorded longer than any other cure except radical removal via surgery or plain X-Ray (photon) treatment.

Proton therapy is a highly precise and exacting form of radiation. The beam hits the target site and destroys the cancer without destroying tissue, organs and the nerves that surround the prostate. This is the best cure and requires no invasive surgery. It is painless and has minimal, if any, side effects.

Shame on you, Associated Press, for spewing such outright distortions. The cure rate for this treatment is extremely high and the quality of life following such treatment is the very best.

Proton radiation therapy is currently treating over 40 types of cancer with tremendous breakthroughs for breast cancer cures. There are nine working treatment centers in the U.S. and seven more under construction. These include teaching hospitals, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, and two Mayo Clinics. Also there are numerous centers outside the USA.

I suggest that the Associated Press study the facts on proton technology and do a valid and thorough comparison study of the prostate cancer treatment options before it reports its own biased opinions.

Laurel Leslie


Print more letters

To the Editor: 

"Letters invited" … If The Union Democrat truly feels this way, get rid of the syndicated columns and editorial cartoons and print more letters to the editor.

Ron Fuentes


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