Letters to the Editor

Big tax cut is unnecessary; Could Fort Worth fund go bust by 2050?; Should violent history spur mental evaluations?; Is McConnell trustworthy?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., pauses before testifying during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on nominations on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 15.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., pauses before testifying during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on nominations on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 15. AP

Big tax cut is unnecessary

I’m dismayed at the tax-cutting measure being debated in Congress. This tax cut is unnecessary, ill-conceived, harmful and unreasonably hasty. Here are reasons I believe this effort should be halted.

▪ We should not be adding $1.7 trillion to our already huge national debt. It is unconscionable to saddle our children and grandchildren with this additional debt.

▪ We do not need a tax cut. The economy is performing quite well and needs no stimulus.

▪ We do not need to add 13 million people to the rolls of those without health insurance.

▪ We do not need to be giving the wealthiest 1 percent of our population a huge tax decrease — some 25 percent of the total decrease proposed.

▪ We do not need to be favoring large corporations over small business. As noted by Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, this bill punishes small business — the real engine of economic growth.

We do not need to be rushing through a bill of this importance at breakneck speed just so Republicans and President Trump can claim a victory. I urge the Senate to reject this bill and undertake a much more thoughtful and disciplined approach to real revenue-neutral tax reform.

Robert L. Herchert,

Fort Worth

Could FW fund go bust by 2050?

The city consultant stated that Fort Worth’s employee pension fund could run out of money as early as 20 years (2037), and the fund’s actuary stated the fund could run out of money by 2050.

Does anyone know what they are talking about? (“Pension issue could put taxpayers on the hook,” Nov. 15.)

The mayor is hinting that the taxpayers could see a tax increase (in addition to the $90 million this year) to cover the unfunded liability.

Why? Our property taxes have already increased due to excessive evaluations, and city coffers are overflowing. Now the mayor has the gall to even suggest that property taxes may increase again.

The city needs to stop depending on the taxpayer for a bailout and start spending within its means. This includes not pursuing the Amazon deal and freezing hiring and pay.

Joel Looney, Mansfield

Should violent history spur mental evaluations?

Those with a history of violence should pass a mental evaluation before owning a gun, and those with guns who commit violence should pass another mental evaluation to determine whether they are mentally stable and unlikely to cause harm to themselves or others.

This prevents those who have violent tendencies and are likely to use guns less opportunity to legally own a gun and cause harm.

Autumn Lott, Arlington

Is McConnell trustworthy?

Congress’ “fumbling” of the tax bill effort reaffirms the suspicion of sabotage of President Trump’s agenda, led with considerable success by saboteur-in-chief Mitch McConnell.

Admittedly, I don’t understand all the ramifications of Steve Bannon’s activity.

However, given the impotence of the Republican Party, perhaps there is hope there for those of us averse to socialism.

Don Ponder, Fort Worth

Spelling under the influence?

Disappointing to see the “Top 10” events for the week of Nov. 17-23 spotlighting the Drunk Spelling Bee with the Parade of Lights, The Nutcracker and the Turkey Trot.

Mark Metroka, Fort Worth

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