I seldom agree with the editorial board in its pronouncements or recommendations. Were I to differ in print, you would probably receive an email daily. But today, May 14, finds me highly indignant. You are supporting the U.S. Senate in the bid to tax Internet sales. Your joining Sen. Dick Durbin in this lends no weight to the argument.
I do use the Internet from time to time. I am very pleased with the results. It enables me, at home, to go shopping all over the world if I so choose. It also enables me to obtain goods not available in my local stores or readily available. Internet sales have provided work and income for thousands of individuals who would not necessarily find employment.
And now the heavy hand of government wants to step in and inhibit those businesses. There is no justification for crying unfairness to local brick-and-mortar stores. Internet sales do not put a burden on either stores or local businesses. Will you, tomorrow, step in to agree with the IRS targeting individuals who do not agree the current government? Will you later step in to support the government violating the free press rights of the AP? I'm sure that Sen. Durbin would agree with that stand.
Peter A. Loughlin