Don’t blame the IRS; blame the tax cheats
Contrary to his intentions, Bob Barr outlined all of the reasons why the IRS needs to be expanded (“Keep the IRS out of health care,” Opinion, Jan. 18). Barr should keep in mind the adage, “taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.”
The IRS is simply the monitor of that requirement. If every citizen and corporation simply paid the taxes they owe, there would be less concern about deficits and debts.
James C. Coomer, Norcross
Arterial street system isn’t the answer
Wendell Cox is an incorrigible apologist for the car (“Arterial street system needed,” Opinion, Jan. 17).
He says, “Atlanta’s pathetic freeway system needs improvement.” Of course, if he means it’s inadequate to bear its traffic burden, he is right. And it always will be inadequate.
If by improving arterials, he means expanding major suburban arteries, he would have them more frightening to drive than they already are: essentially, freeways with unlimited access/egress, and regular traffic lights. If he means intown arterials, he is recommending an insane dislocation of structures, businesses and homes.
Arterial expansion might move more cars, but it would be hell on lifestyle. But Cox does say, “It is time to put the romance away.”
Cox’s kind of thinking has been around since the end of World War II, and it hasn’t much improved getting from here to there in cities. Followed to its conclusion, we could pave everything — and there would be no here nor there to worry about. Bob Eberwein, Atlanta
Those who harm critters must not read the paper
It would be nice if the people who abandoned precious animals saw the letters and articles in the paper. If they cared about anything in life, it would never enter their minds to abandon a helpless creature.
We have received more love from animals over the years than we have ever received from other people.
June P. Lewallen, Bowdon