MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

November 3, 2012

THE PEOPLE SPEAK — Check out Romney’s record as governor

(Continued)

— Question 766 protects

businesses, individuals

As a future graduate at Northeastern State University with a major in cellular biology and plans to go into the optometry program, I cannot help but express the importance of voting yes on State Question 766. If this gets voted against, it can have detrimental effects not only on a large number of students in the future as business owners, but individuals and other businesses as well.

Not only does this state question affect businesses and individuals, but it also will have an effect on trying to find a job in Oklahoma. With businesses having to cut back even more on expenditures due to the unnecessary taxing of their intangible property, it will have an effect on the number of jobs that are going to be available to Oklahomans. This being said, businesses and individuals don’t need to be taxed more. The last thing that businesses and individuals in this economy need is to be bombarded with more unnecessary tax dollars that are just wasted by the government.

If this state question fails, businesses in Oklahoma will stop expanding trying to avoid the taxes that no other state collects. It will cause businesses to avoid Oklahoma, therefore causing a decline to the jobs available in this state. By voting yes on State Question 766, we as Oklahomans can ensure that job growth will continue in this great state. We can also ensure that we won’t be taxed on things such as life insurance policies, pensions, customer contracts, ideas and imagination of Oklahomans, or any other such intangible properties. Vote yes on State Question 766 and protect Oklahoma businesses and individuals.

RANDY COX

Fort Gibson

President Obama

deserves pink slip

In his recent daily editorial (Oct. 2), President Tony Perkins of Family Research Council wrote that Obama, desperate to cushion the blow of next year’s defense cuts, is asking companies not to warn their staff and employees about impending layoffs until after the election.  By law, employers have to give workers at least 60 days’ notice of potential layoffs. In the Pentagon’s case, the planned cutbacks are severe so that the military is scheduled to take a half-trillion dollar hit Jan. 2. Instead of dealing with the fallout, Obama  is hiding the painful reality from thousands of people (voters) who will be out of work. Lockheed Martin is one of the companies so affected.  It is flabbergasting to know that Obama would urge companies to break the law and then have the audacity to stick taxpayers with the bill for covering severance or liability costs for this new government-funded bribe. Rep. Buck McKeon  and Sen. Lindsey Graham are planning to prevent any taxpayer dollars to be spent reimbursing companies for failure to comply with the WARN Act.  Graham said, “This illegal action is beyond the pale, patently illegal.”

Obama is on record of promoting policies that diminish the military strength and morale, even obstructing the military voters’ procedures so that their voting privilege is  delayed in November, one has to wonder how many voters are impressed with a man who puts his own career and election possibilities ahead of the security of thousands of families by denying  workers adequate time to plan changes in their families’ financial situation and provide care for them.  Obama is the one who deserves the pink slip for continuing to show more evidence of corruption in his administration.

CATHERINE WHITE

Muskogee

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