New taxes passed on: Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013

Re "Consumers bear the burden" (Letters, Jan. 11):

Emilie Van Sloten's letter was right on the money. I am a business owner in California and can assure you these new taxes will be passed on to the end users of our products. Right now Obamacare is mandating a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices, which my dental company falls under. This is being passed on to my customers who are not happy about it. Taxing business owners or "the rich" is how these politicians play this manipulative and misleading game of raising taxes on all Americans. As a whole, it is Democrats who are leading this charge. These Democrats also know that most business owners and the rich don't vote Democratic so they tax these folks who in turn raise their prices on the average person thereby insulating themselves from being the bad guy and making business owners take the brunt of criticizing. It's time that we voters wake up and see what is going on and how taxing any American ends up being a tax on all of us.

-- Rod Guyton, Torrance

Cost of doing business

Re "Consumers bear the burden" (Letters, Jan. 11):

Many who oppose reforming Proposition 13, like letter writer Emilie Van Sloten, simply don't face basic facts. One basic goal of the proposition was to dramatically reduce property taxes on commercial and industrial property. Property is reassessed when ownership changes. But if the ownership change is less than 50 percent, the property taxes remain unchanged. Therefore, major commercial and industrial properties are divided into three or more parts and property sales are always held below the 50 percent threshold -- to avoid tax reassessment. As a result of this Jarvis tax game the last three decades, the residential property tax burden grew to between 60 percent and 80 percent, while nonresidential owners now shoulder between 19 percent and 36 percent of property taxes. It was about 50/50 before 1978. When business property owners raise rent/lease prices, no one writes to complain that the added expense will be passed on to consumers. But mention increasing their property tax and that's the first cry we hear. It's all part of the cost of doing business.

-- James Clark, Torrance

Condoms in porn

Re "Porn company sues over condom law" (Jan. 12):

As a physician, I have never heard of anyone contracting a sexually transmitted disease from watching a pornographic movie. It is idiotic that the government should intervene or regulate the use or non-use of condoms in a pornographic movie. The decision should be left to the individual actor or actress providing they are of legal age to make that decision. Why not require politicians to wear plastic gloves during election campaigns especially when shaking hands with thousands of persons during a seasonal flu epidemic? How about requiring shoppers at grocery stores to wear plastic gloves before signing the credit card swiper with the plastic pens, which thousands have already touched? The list could be endless.

-- Michael L. Friedman, Torrance

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