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April 19 letters to the editor

System isn't fair, we need flat income taxI do not think that the U.S. system of taxation is fair when approximately 50 percent of the population pay no income taxes at all, and a portion even get a refund even though they have paid no taxes. 
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Ryan Seacrest leaving 'American Idol?'

Report says the “Idol” host stepping down after current season. 
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Grading the 49ers' loss to Seahawks
Here is how the San Francisco 49ers graded in their 23-17 NFC Championship game loss at Seattle.
 

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