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Time to impose
national sales tax 

I read with interest the letter to the editor by Mary Ann Baird in The Times.

Although she didn’t mention them by name, I assume the tax cheats she was referring to, among others, would be the Rev. Al Sharpton and actor Nicholas Cage.

Like Mrs. Baird, I too get frustrated paying taxes while these freeloaders use every loophole in the book to skirt their civic duties.

I think one answer would be an almost complete abolishment of the IRS and the implementation of a national sales tax.

If your net income is below $150,000, you wouldn’t even have to file an income tax return and for all incomes over $150,000, make it a flat 20 percent, no deductions, no loopholes.

This would also fit into President Donald Trump’s plan to drastically reduce the size of government.

A national sales tax would be one that no one could avoid. If you make more money, then most likely you would spend more money and therefore pay a greater amount in taxes. If the federal tax on a pack of chewing gum was 3 percent, then make sure the tax on a corporate or luxury jet plane also be taxed at 3 percent.

Fair government should be every citizen’s right, not the oxymoron it is widely considered to be today.

John B. Thompson


House shouldn't
be called 'heaven'

Your Wednesday article on the “$250 million dollar mansion” states, “Every single thing in this house makes you feel like you’re in heaven.”

The speaker irreligiously seems to have forgotten Christ’s admonition about getting into heaven in Matthew 19:24: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.”

William Tarvin