‘EYEBALLING’ THE TAX POLICY
I was in total disbelief when I read the article (Page A1, May 16) regarding the meeting on the current practice of allowing companies and individuals to be exempt from quarterly estimated tax payments.
While I believe the entire practice is fiscally unsound, when council pushed for at least a policy and procedures on the practice, the response of the tax director (according to The Courier) was that a policy or procedure was unnecessary because it is something he can eyeball in minutes.
I have been known to “eyeball” an arm’s length of 50/50 tickets at a charity event, and I imagine in the fictional Mayberry they probably would “eyeball” Floyd the barber’s daily haircuts to determine whether he should pay estimated taxes.
However, the tax director’s “eyeballing” involves two individuals and 54 businesses who did not pay $1.08 million in estimated tax installments in 2016.
Am I missing some reasonable justification for this practice? If so, it was probably because I was just “eyeballing” the issue.
‘FAKE NEWS’ IS RUNNING RAMPANT
I have compiled a list of “fake news:”
1. Bullying (or slamming) — obsessive coverage of a story through hundreds of news cycles. Mueller on collusion, no indictments, no evidence.
2. Tsunami (or the “Perfect Stormy”) — hour upon hour coverage of a story through a few news cycles. CNN on Stormy, who cares?
3. Preferential reporting — Trump got vilified for data mining, Obama got praise.
4. Lies — Dan Rather on “W” in military.
5. Sleight-of-hand-slamming Trump on collusion without evidence when there is evidence of felony with Hillary and Barry on illegal email server and Uranium One.
6. Promoting opinion as news — March for Our Lives, Women’s March, Charlottesville.
7. Promoting the victim (or Make News) — David Hogg as media darling of gun control. Neither he (nor media) knows a fig about positive firearms use; thousands and thousands of crimes, including murders, foiled each year.
8. The sting — attacking character and advertisers of right-leaning news entertainers. O’Reilly, Hannity, Limbaugh.
9. Misleading — March for Our Lives as “organic student movement.” Balderdash.
10. Polling (used to set narrative) — poll headline that economy is lukewarm. “Internals” show a booming economy; more blacks and Hispanics now working by percent than ever.
11. Ignoring reality — no questioning of Comey for exonerating Hillary or Page/Strzok on collusion to get Trump. Despicable.
12. Silencing — right-leaning writers banned from Facebook/Twitter because Silicon Valley whiz kids are leftists.
13. Vilification — Kanye West, because as a brother, he dared to think outside the black box in support of president.
14. Selective leaking (or urination) — swampers in bureaucracy leaking selective information out of context to damage the president.
ENOUGH HEART TO LOVE ALL
On May 10, The Courier ran a Kathleen Parker column on the slaughter of horses. Why is this unimaginable horror allowed?
If America were to send unwanted dogs and cats to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico, where they would be skinned and dismembered, often while they are still conscious, would there not be an uproar?
Horses are not so different from them, are they? They can be fiercely loyal and affectionate. They are used as therapy animals.
I will never be able to see horses in parades (like for the royal wedding), races, rodeos and movies without wondering what their future fate will be.
Will they or did they end up at the slaughterhouse?
Parker’s solution is to legalize butchering horses in this country because our slaughterhouses are more humane. Wrong. Slaughtering and showing kindness do not go hand in hand.
There are those who may take issue that the killing of horses should not be addressed as long as abortion is legal. But I believe that the human heart is great enough to love all creation, big and small.
IRAN OIL DOESN’T MEAN SQUAT
The cartoon on the Viewpoint page (May 16) implied that sanctions by the U.S. are, or would be, the cause of increased gasoline costs to U.S. consumers.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the top five countries we import oil from are Canada, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Venezuela and Iraq. And Iraq is at 6 percent.
Sixty-two percent of Iran’s oil is shipped to Asia, primarily communist China, with 38 percent going to Europe. Iran’s oil doesn’t mean squat to U.S. demand or usage. Iran only produces 773,000 barrels a day.