Avoid Taxes By Committing A Crime
Re: "Why Ex-Cons Should Be Given The Vote" by Matt Welch (Aug. 13-19)

America was founded on the basis of no taxation without representation. Anybody remember the Boston Tea Party?

Thus, if an ex-felon can't vote for representation, then he should not pay taxes of any kind. No fuel taxes, phone taxes, income taxes, sales taxes, etc. Then where will the freeloading oil heirs in Washington get their next multi-billion dollar tax rebate?

By the way, is stealing a presidential election a felony? Just asking!

—Kurt Polakoff
St. Petersburg

Avoid Idiots by Choosing Music
Re: "Radio Jingo" by Scott Harrell (Aug. 6-12)

As a 47-year-old male adult I would seem to be the prime listener to Bubba and Ron Diaz. In fact, I was, until these DJs went from morning entertainment to a platform for their opinions. Don't misunderstand me; I enjoy certain news programs that have experts in the field expressing their opinion. I may not agree with them but these people have credibility behind their statements.

Now I listen to radio stations that are formatted to a younger audience. It is not my first choice in music, but the DJs keep it light. And when they run out of funny stuff, they simply play music. Just what I was hoping for.

—Steve Yeager

Avoid Tyranny by Supporting Love
Re: Various political stories over the past month

When George W. Bush took office, my parents were genuinely upset. They told me to watch out because our country was going to take giant leaps back in time. I listened, but I thought they were being overly dramatic. Come on, I thought. I didn't vote for the guy, but how much harm could he really do in four years?

Three years later, I'm amazed at how prophetic my parents were. I've watched as we let the government strip us of our civil liberties in the name of terrorism; I've watched as we've alienated ourselves from the rest of the world (excluding Tony Blair); I've watched men and women hold pro-life rallies, trying to strip women of their right to choose; I've watched buildings go up and forests come down; I've watched millions of people lose their jobs; I've watched as minorities were turned away at the voting booths; I've watched the destruction of democracy as we know it; and most recently, I've watched as the president and the Vatican sent a message to the world that same sex marriages are immoral and should be against the law.

But hey, I hope you all enjoyed the dinner you bought with your tax refund. Mine was alright.

Is it really possible that our government can tell gay and lesbian couples that they can't be married? I guess I should be asking, is it really constitutional? It just sounds like prejudice to me.

I'm not gay, but in the age of Will and Grace and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, I was under the impression that we were over all these petty differences.

The way I see it, if two people love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together, then they are entitled to do so. I can only think of a few reasons why people wouldn't want same-sex marriages. Maybe their religion says it's wrong. In America, though, there is a little thing called the separation of church and state. Religion shouldn't play games with politics. Maybe they're afraid that being gay is contagious. If you fall under that category, I'm sorry, but I think you have some soul-searching to do. The only other reason I can think of is that people believe that gays will take over the universe one day and treat us as poorly as we treat them.

—Gabriel Whitney

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