Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

October 7, 2012

In Your View

ASHLAND — U.S. gives our taxes to Vietnam

 Many Americans don’t know this but in August the United States (us) gave Vietnam $49 million of our taxpayers’ money to help clean up Agent Orange pollution. The total cost to the U.S. is expected to be $450 million. The process is to dig up the contaminated soil, put it in ovens and heat it until the Agent Orange is gone and then put the soil back.

This cannot be done. I saw a lot of the Agent Orange applied and most of the area is completely inaccessible to any heavy equipment. The Vietnamese are not going to put shovels full of dirt into ovens and bake away the Agent Orange. Think about it. It would take a million years, and it is not going to be done.

Where will the $450 million of your tax money go? It will go into the pockets of crooked contractors and crooked Vietnamese officials.

According to the Christian Science Monitor: “This is a goodwill gesture so the U.S. can gain naval access to Cam Ranh Bay, a strategic port in Vietnam, that could help us defend our allies in Asia.” I assume that’s against communist Chinese aggression.

Gosh! A Naval base will be accompanied by Marine security and then bolstered by Army troops if trouble starts. Well ... That means we will have ground troops in Vietnam to protect the Vietnamese people from Communist aggression! Duh!

Seems like I have heard that rhetoric before under another Democrat president. Can anyone remember when? Help me out.

Randall K. McGlone, Grayson

Choosing between street and jail

It’s our taxes or else.

Tax time is just around the corner. Does this time make you feel like you have a shooting target penned on your back and that our governments — federal, state and local — have their eyes focused on the target?

Then we get this federal tax statement around the first of the year including threats and consequences of what they are going to do to us if we are late. And if we make a mistake, they are going to fine us or put us in jail. Next, we get one from the state telling us the same thing.

However, I do feel better when I get the one from the county and city. They are only going to take my home and put me on the street if I don’t pay my taxes in their allotted time limit.

I am now debating in my mind if it would be better on the street, cold and hungry, or in a warm jail with food, clothing and shelter where there would be someone to put me to bed at night and get me up in the morning to a hot breakfast, and make sure I am well protected from all these threats and government people.

Cliff Barker, Morehead

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