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Letter: Detached from real life

It amazes me that the Monitor has never seen a tax it didn’t like. The newspaper’s bully pulpit champions every crackpot scheme that the city administration can come up with. The front page consistently promotes more and more of these projects whose costs are always borne by the taxpayers. The Monitor cavalierly dismisses critics and abjures any fiscal responsibility for the tremendous tax levy that these projects impose on the common man.

Its latest robust and enthusiastic editorial endorsement of a 12-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax hike that will negatively affect every citizen in New Hampshire shows how much contempt and little compassion it has for the average hardworking Joe (“Raise the gas tax? Well, it’s about time,” Jan. 17). The editorial disguises this grossly unfair tax as something that “will scarcely be noticed.”

This is another example of the Monitor’s total detachment from the lives of ordinary people. I suggest that a $200 tax on each container of printer’s ink and a $500 tax on every roll of newsprint paper might be a better solution than a gas and vehicle registration tax hike. It “will scarcely be noticed.”

If the Monitor keeps alienating a large number of readers with churlish and dismissive commentary in a futile attempt to remain a relevant voice in a medium whose numbers and importance are shrinking daily, it will cease to be a trusted source of anything but local sports scores.

JIM BAER

Concord

Good one Jim. I think that a ten cent tax on each newspaper should be levied as well. We also should tax newspaper boxes outside of grocery stores and make sure that they require a permit. That permit should be $25 per box per year. In addition I think that an admission fee for reporters at the state house should be levied and it should be $10 for each admission or $1000 unlimited access to the state house. Then we should have an state internet tax for online advertising, say $10 per ad. No worry, it "will scarcely be noticed".

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