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Greater debate on tax plan needed

Re: “Alternative headlines on tax proposal,” by Stephen Morris, Nov. 9.

Mr. Morris’s conjecture that The Tennessean “screamed the Democrats’ talking points and scare tactics, while totally ignoring the benefits to the millions of middle-class, working Americans” (mimicking President’s Trump bullying of anyone who disagrees with him), does not understand the value of reasonable discussion and debate.

I can’t help but point out the other side of the scale for middle-class Americans:

  1. Elimination of adoption deduction
  2. Elimination of student loan deduction
  3. Elimination of teacher supply deduction
  4. Elimination of child care deduction
  5. Elimination of mortgage deduction
  6. The increase to the child tax credit will not be refundable and thus will largely leave out lower-income families

In turn, there are several provisions that will disproportionately help the wealthiest citizens in America at the direct expense of working families, like the Alternative Minimum tax repeal and the estate tax repeal. All of the benefits Mr. Morris names equate to a wash, if not a tax increase for many who do not think people with shady pass-through companies and multimillion-dollar estates need a break.

Instead of pointing fingers and contributing to a very unhealthy bias against media, let’s have a conversation about what the overall point of this tax reform really is and what is motivating the administration and Congress to do this. Hint, it starts with donors and ends with increasing their personal wealth.

Aftyn Behn, Nashville 37207

Freedom includes dissent

Re: “Greater respect for the anthem,” by Timothy Morris, Nov. 10.

One more time sir, the athletes are not protesting the anthem.

They are protesting social injustice and police brutality towards people of color. If you turned off Fox News and Breitbart you would know the truth. But since you have stated that you are such a patriot that you stand in your own living room, let me offer up something for you to protest that is actually taking place at those same sporting events.

Flying that giant flag on its side on the field is a violation of the U.S. Flag Code. Wearing the flag as clothing (look in the stands) and even sitting on those emblems, flags and patches is a violation of the code. Add in all the MAGA (“Make America Great Again”) hats still on heads while the Anthem plays and there ya are.

Get your facts straight sir. And just as an aside, the players have a right to protest just as you do. There is no law that mandates you must stand or even sing the anthem.

Now if you would like to offer up legislation to make that mandatory we could then be just like Iran, North Korea, Soviet Russia, even Nazi Germany in making a citizen participate or be fined or imprisoned.

Patriotism is a wonderful thing. Patriotism run wild is a horrible thing. Be careful what ya wish for.

Jonathan Spicer, Gainesboro 38562

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Sales tax deduction helps

I am concerned about this tax bill and wish it would be covered more.

I, for one, use the sales tax deduction and it helps me tremendously at tax time. I am trying to figure out who it helps to get rid of the adoption credit, the education deductions, and allowing teachers to deduct the out-of-pocket expenses they use for their classrooms.

It certainly isn’t the middle class. Increasing the standard deductions will not make up for what they are taking away. It is for us to pay for what they are taking away.

Kimberly Bell, Mount Juliet 37122 

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