Magazine article In These Times

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Magazine article In These Times

Letters

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Make the bosses pay

I agree that the government should impose a tax on these companies that the taxpayers subsidize year in and year out ("The Bad Boss Tax," August). It's awfully ironic how the Republican Party, with its penchant for "fiscal conservatism," is mum on this issue.

The 1RS should figure out a net amount due to U.S. taxpayers for their subsidizing of these companies' employees. If they balk at paying that tax then they should be banned for a minimum of five years of selling their goods or services in the United States.

Unfortunately, with the frauds in Congress this is probably just a pipe dream.

Dave Walker

Dartmouth, Mass.

Finding the Native vote

I want to thank you for Stephanie Woodard's investigative report "The Missing Native Vote" (July). As the co-director of Four Directions, a non-partisan Native American Indian voter advocacy organization, I can say that stories like these are never covered by the mainstream media.

The plaintiffs in Wandering Medicine v. McCulloch were recently able to secure a settlement agreement with the Secretary of State and Big Horn, Blaine and Rosebud Counties. Through the settlement, the Montana Secretary of State and the counties have agreed to pay $100,000 in attorney fees, and satellite offices will be placed on the Crow, Fort Belknap and Northern Cheyenne reservations for two days every week, allowing eight days for tribal members to use these offices.

In the course of trying to get equality at the ballot box, we have had to deal with both Republican and Democratic elected officials. …

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