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Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

Gang of eight offers

bi-partisan solution

Within the next several months Senator Pat Toomey will cast a key vote on immigration reform on S744, a bill put forward by the “Gang of eight,” a group of senators from across the political spectrum.

Many Americans would agree that today’s system is under-enforced and that it’s time that we update our flawed immigration policies.

This is a bi-partisan compromise looking to make real progress on immigration.

First of all, it secures the border using more border patrol, better technology and a big fence.

It also creates a process, not amnesty, through which legal status can be earned. The process is not simple and involves paying a fine, paying back taxes and waiting a considerable time before having a chance to get a green card.

It’s not fast, but it’s fair and it will make us safer by identifying who is here in our country working and who is here with ill-motives.

As a city and nation of immigrants, you’d think we would understand how to work together and enact reasonable policies.

I hope Senator Toomey looks for compromise and votes for this bill, and that his colleagues in the house join him as well.

Alan Lispi

Old Forge

Replace income tax

with House bill 25

America with its democratic system, rules of law, and open market economy has produced the best living situation in the history of civilization.

However, our dreams have been curtailed the last 25 years as the rising cost of doing business in this country reduced the ability of the average household to find employment that allows the same standard of living the last two generations have enjoyed.

There is a way to stop our slide and regain levels of employment so that we and future generations benefit.

There is a bill in Congress, HR 25, the FairTax Bill, that abolishes taxes on income and payroll taxes and replaces them with a consumption tax on new goods and services.

In addition there is a prebate system that untaxes purchases by all Americans up to federally calculated levels. The poor pay less and big spenders would likely pay more.

Passage of the bill would result in the return of offshore money, more than $14 trillion, to be invested in the USA. Full employment returns as do high paying jobs.

The only losers are the IRS, which eventually is defunded, and the special interests groups that have helped create the income tax mess we use today. I doubt many tears will be shed.

Call your Congressman today and ask that he co-sponsor the bill today.

Anthony Gasbarro

Fairhope, Alabama

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