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Opinion

Suburban Life Sound Off: July 24-30

Cigarette tax needed in response to litter

I have an idea for taxes for Cook County and DuPage County. How about a cigarette butt litter tax? Charge 5 to 10 cents extra per cigarette in a pack. You stop at any intersection on the left driver side, mountains of cigarette butts. It's probably 200 cigarette butts to one regular piece of litter on the highway. What gives cigarette smokers the right to freely litter so much? I would love to hear their response that they can't keep a soda can. Oh no, that's a tax for the soda can. Anyway, keep something in their vehicle to put their cigarette butts in. What's the problem? I'd like to know.

Russian president?

I have to admit, I'm one lucky person. In my lifetime, I have seen the first black president in this country, I have seen the first woman run for president in this country, and now I have seen the first Russian president in this country. How's that "make America great" working for you?

Double standards?

Have you heard enough phony so-called news about the president and how he may have colluded with the Russian government because his son-in-law talked with a Russian lady in the U.S.A. who was a lawyer? The Clintons set up a phony Canadian company to broker a deal in which 20 percent of all U.S.A. uranium production was sold to Russia, and then Bill Clinton was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for a couple of speeches in Russia. I guess none of that was collusion, but simple random coincidence. Thank God we have Trump in office instead of another Clinton.

Another health care option

Sen. Bernie Sanders is introducing a bill to create a single-payer health care system as an alternative to the Ryan-McConnell-Trump Care that would throw 22 to 32 million Americans off of health care. The Republican plan is actually a tax cut for the wealthy masquerading as a health care plan. Sanders' plan is a true health care plan that would cover health care needs from conception to last breath. Basically, a single-payer system removes the middle man (insurance companies) that only add to the costs of our current system. The government, as it does in the Medicare system, would fulfill the role of the insurance company. Opponents of a single payer system will argue it raises taxes. This is only half true. The greatest tax increase is on the wealthy. The lower and middle income Americans will pay more in taxes but this will be offset by no longer paying premiums, co-pays and deductibles.

New software won't get the job done

I see [the] DuPage Election Commission is considering new software to make their election results run faster when people query their website. I wonder who's pulling the wool over these people's eyes? You can buy new software, and I've never bought new software that runs faster than the previous version. Generally, the new software – which has all these new features – requires more processing power and will take more time. So buying new software is not going to speed things up. But what's not on their list – but will be next – their all new computer systems. It's the computer systems in the background running the software is what causes the slowdown. The software can only run as fast as the computer systems. So upgrading the software is a great way to then come back and complain that we now need all new computer systems, so we've not seen the end of this story.

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