Illegal immigration is costing U.S. taxpayers an estimated $60 billion a year, Medicare fraud another $70 billion! President Obama's latest tax on the "rich," the Buffett Tax, will bring in an additional $4.7 billion annually.

Yet the top 1 percent of wage earners pay 36.7 percent of the tax revenues paid into the U.S. coffers, and the top 10 percent of wage earners pay 70.5 percent of tax revenues.

Is the wealthy footprint on our government any bigger than the 48 percent of citizens who do not pay any federal taxes? A citizen making $10 million annually at a tax rate of 24.6 percent pays $2.46 million in taxes. His secretary making $100,000 at a tax rate of 33.4 percent pays $33,400 in taxes annually.

The millionaire pays 73.7 times more than his secretary. President Obama speaks of fair — is this fair? The Buffett Tax will bring in $4.7 billion annually, yet no one is concerned about the cost of illegals or the fraud in Medicare. What a joke!

While our elected officials play the silly games our country is going to hell in a handbasket. Wake up, America, and vote these corrupt politicians out! — Richard Massimino, Eagle Point

I take great offense at the comments of Hilary Rosen regarding moms who stay at home with their children instead of going into the work force. I was blessed to stay at home and be a mom for 19 years when my four children were young. I would not trade anything for that treasured time with my children. Being a mom is one of the hardest jobs one can have, and yet one of the most rewarding ones.

I did go into the work force when my youngest child was in high school, but I was fortunate to have a job that coordinated with the same hours as my child's school hours. So, for the moms who have the opportunity to stay at home and rear their children, be thankful that you have that privilege.

As for Barack Obama coming out against Hilary's comments, that is just a political opportunity for him to try to win more women's votes. You couldn't pay me to vote for that man! — Jeannie Gladson, Medford

I read the article about the possibility of creating a local slaughterhouse here in Southern Oregon. In my opinion, the idea is fine and makes sense, given the increasingly higher cost of transportation from north to south.

What really bothers me is that there is no mention of any intent to assure unstressful and humane slaughter of the animals, a la Temple Grandin. Humane slaughter is indeed possible and not expensive; the intent just has to be there in the creation of the slaughterhouse.

Haven't we as a society gotten to the place where we all realize that animals are thinking and feeling beings? Come on people, let's think about it! — Terry Vance Sheldon, Eagle Point

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