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Letters: Mitt Romney's gaffe and tax evaders

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addresses the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles. (Sept. 17, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

Mitt Romney's remark regarding 47 percent of Americans will definitely be fodder for his opponents, the media and the entertainment world ["Romney wrong about the 47%," Editorial, Sept. 19].

They remind me of Vice President Dan Quayle's remark about Murphy Brown glamorizing single parenthood. You could hear the writers of that show singing, "I got a golden ticket!"

Janice Kennedy, Sayville

The news article "Who doesn't pay and why" [Sept. 19] left out a huge group: corporations!

If you paid a penny in federal income tax last year, you paid more than at least 30 corporations, which paid zero, according to the nonprofit research group Citizens for Tax Justice.

General Electric, Verizon and Boeing are a few of the 30 that paid no taxes in 2008-11, the organization says.

We keep on hearing that spending is out of control. It is an unfair tax system that is out of control!

Further, Citizens for Tax Justice tells us that in the 1950s, corporate taxes were 27.8 percent of federal revenue; in 2010, they were 9.7 percent. We should be demanding that corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share. We need to invest in our children and improve the lives of all Americans, not just a few.

Nancy Fackner, Brentwood