The Coastal Post - January 2000

Letters To The Editor


Thank you for contacting me.

Please let me assure you that bill 602P does not exist. Despite the e-mail message claiming that the Post Office will charge five cents for every e-mail sent, there is currently no legislation pending to tax e-mail.

You can find out more information about this at the Post Office's website at http://www.usps.gov/news/press/99/rumor.htm

Sincerely,
Pete Stark
House Of Representatives

Kinsey Abuses Public Trust

Please look at Opinion page of Marin IJ, 21 DEC. There is a letter from Kinsey flaming a Mr. Robert Plath. The tone of the letter is both condescending and hostile. I did not see Mr. Plath's letter to the IJ, but he apparently had a direct hit on Kinsey's hot spots.

I personally feel that Mr. Kinsey is guilty of abusing the public trust and I will support his opponent in the March election.

I noted that Kinsey's letter to the IJ stated that the Supervisors voted 5-0 to uphold the county administrators findings. I am not surprised by the administrators findings, because that person answers to the Supervisors. Nor am I surprised at the Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of the findings, since they depend upon each other for political favors.

Am I mistaken, did I read somewhere that Marin Grand Jury is investigating this incident? Did Kinsey forget to mention this investigation? If there is an investigation, will the results be available before the March election?

You're doing a fantastic job! Please keep on keeping us informed. Thanks - Thanks - Thanks.
Sincerely, B. Johnson
[email protected]

Help The Irish Museum

I am writing to you on behalf of The Erin Go Bragh Foundation. We are a non-profit organization classified 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt by the IRS. Our mission is to establish a full time museum dedicated to Irish-American Heritage. Irish-Americans constitute the third largest ethnic group in America, with 23 million Americans claiming Irish roots, over 1,950,000 of them in California. This is a project that is long overdue and we would like your help to make it happen. We need exposure. Would you be kind enough to make your readers aware of our efforts by publishing a brief article about our project? It would help greatly if you could point them to our website, www.eringobragh.net. If you need any more information about our organization in order to fulfill our request, please do not hesitate to ask.

Many thanks in advance for your kind help.
Brian P. Fisher Sr.
Chairman/Secretary
[email protected]

Affluenza Virus Epidemic Warning

You may enjoy publishing this. I gave it as a speech given during the recent Advocacy Day, as a trainee of the Environmental Forum of Marin:

The Worldy Health Organization released a statement today a new global epidemic is spreading faster than AIDS, the Ebola and the Black Plague. The disease known in North America as AFFLUENZA has already claimed the lives and bank accounts of millions of innocent consumers.

Affluenza most commonly occurs in free market economies and is characterized by feverish shopping frenzies, frequent evacuations of cash at ATM machines, and sudden and unexpected temper tantrums at the check out stand. The virus is typically contracted through over exposure to media advertisements entering the host via television, telephone, internet, digital and wireless networks. The virus then rapidly mutates leading the host to finance on credit and if left untreated will lead to bankruptcy and in severe cases, death.

Recent medical discoveries have isolated the hormone in the human brain that is responsible for over consumption, the main symptom of Affluenza. Double blind research has been tested on very FAT mice and CEOs of very big corporations in search of a cure. Side effects may range from loss of stress and fatigue, mild-to-extreme bouts of laughter and giddiness, to strong urges to help restore the environment and live more simply. To prevent the spread of this fatal virus, consumers are urged to donate their income to charity and environmental organizations, to do volunteer work in their local community, and most effective for inhibiting the spread of the disease, to stop buying JUNK!
R.Nobu Sakamoto
Mill Valley, Ca 94941
[email protected]

Affluence & Inequity Troubles Visitor

As a visitor from Michigan, I have had some amazing experiences in the Bay Area. My last visit in 1970 was quite enlightening also, but very different. Then, I experienced the spiritual centers (zen, yoga, Tibetan) and "flower power" of the region. Today, the Haight includes bondage stores and ragged addicts and homeless people dying on the streets. Police pass by without helping. I was told that San Francisco has no money it wants to spend on hospitalization for addicts and other dying people.

Also, in bicycling the area, someone in a red truck ran me off the bike lane. I was able to pull myself and bike onto some land where I got cut up by the rocks. At least I survived. The same day I heard that a pedestrian was hit and killed by as many as six cars. Also in bicycling around the area, I was confronted by destitute people wanting my bike and money, sometimes appearing from bushes to block my path. My choice then was to face the traffic.

I also witnessed an all-white jury wrongfully convict a Native American. No one could believe the verdict and it left people in shock and tears. All the people of color had been disqualified and not allowed on the jury. The Native American had been awaiting trial for six months, kept in solitary confinement 23 hours a day, for a victimless crime of a man being drunk and getting in the wrong car. He himself was beat up by a young man with a skateboard, yet the Native American did not fight back. Now this Native American man faces a possible life sentence for attempted car jacking and false imprisonment. Even though the defense put up a good case, the all-white jury sent a good man down despite all the police mishandling of the case (no alcohol test, etc.)

California is a beautiful state. The Creator endowed this area with a climate and vistas that are unbelievable. I have enjoyed the mountains and the beaches and the art and the people. It is just hard for a Michigan visitor to understand how, in an area of so much affluence, can such desperation and injustice and psychotic driving occur?

It is my belief, for the freedom and quality of life, residents must seek equality and justice for all, and safer bike trails, homes and hospitalization for the homeless and addicts, fair trials, and better conditions for people of color (Native Americans included).

Written in wonder and heartbreak...
Kathy Barnes
Sherwood, Michigan

San Rafael's Gun Ordinance

On November 15 the San Rafael City Council took a stand to protect its citizens from the dangers of gun violence. As I listened to the lengthy debate to ban the sale of junk guns and impose tighter controls on the sale of all firearms, a single image kept me on track-that of innocent children caught in the crossfire of a schoolyard shooting.

Gun violence is no longer an aberration relegated to the mean streets of some far off inner city. Disturbed people, young and old, live everywhere and domestic and schoolyard shootings have become all too frequent occurrences. What more idyllic place to live than Littleton, Colorado? A town very much like San Rafael in a community very much like Marin. It is time to take responsibility for the safety of our citizens, especially our children.

We routinely inoculate against killer diseases such as diphtheria, whooping cough and polio. There is an epidemic of violence rampant in our country that carries equal exposure to us all. In our state, guns are the number one killer of children. Three out of four children murdered in California die from gunfire. Guns are used on 80% of teenage suicides. Easy availability of guns accounts for the tragic fact that what might have been short-term depression becomes the tragic end to a young life. Guns left loaded and unlocked in homes are so easy to use that even toddlers as young as three have accidentally shot and killed playmates. We must combat this epidemic by eliminating weapons that can turn anger into tragedy.

The Center for Disease control and Prevention, which monitors all reported gunshot wounds, whether intentional, accidental or self-inflicted, reports that in communities with tough gun control laws, the number of fatalities is falling. The CDC further states, "This really says that joint prevention efforts of further public health officials, legislators and law enforcement should continue."

Some citizens feel strongly that any change in gun laws will reduce our individual freedom as Americans. Freedom from fear is a very basic human right and that right is being severely limited as more and more guns pervade our streets, our schools and our workplaces-putting us all at risk.

Outlawing junk guns and assault weapons may not be a solution to the complex problem of violence in America, but it is a good beginning. I, for one, am proud to have taken the first step in that direction.
Barbara Heller
San Rafael City Councilmember

Santo's Investigator Not Vetted

I am a San Anselmo resident and I'm writing with regard to updated information I have received regarding the Town of San Anselmo's handling of Chief Bernard Del Santo.

I wonder if you are aware that the retired police chief hired by the San Anselmo Town Council to investigate the allegations against Chief Del Santo did not possess a private investigator's license according to the Department of Consumer Affairs, as required by the Business and Professions Code. The Code requires that any person conducting an internal affairs investigation must be a licensed private investigator, a California Peace Office or a member of the Department or a licensed attorney. This was upheld in California Supreme Court in Kennard vs. Rosenberg. The alleged investigator did not even have a valid business license in Contra Costa County where his business is supposedly located, according to the copy of the invoice obtained from the Town of San Anselmo, which is a public record.

I would think the Coastal Post would question why the Town of San Anselmo would pay thousands of dollars to an individual who doesn't hold a business license in either the jurisdiction where his business is located or the Town. I further question the wisdom of hiring someone who according to public court records was a defendant in a lawsuit filed by members of the Oakland Police Department where he had worked for several years. The allegations against him in that lawsuit were very similar to the allegations against Chief Del Santo, but the investigator was additionally charged with hindering promotions of black police officers and misleading and deceiving evaluations of officers because of race and sex.

It's interesting that this alleged private investigator has such close ties with San Anselmo Mayor Paul Chignell, who is coincidentally a police lieutenant in the city and county of San Francisco. It is common knowledge in both the Oakland and San Francisco police department circles that Mayor Chignell and the private investigator worked very closely together while they were both officers in their respective police organization. One would think the Mayor, in order to avoid the appearance of impropriety, would have taken steps to insure that any investigator hired to look into issues as important to one's career as this one would not have hired a person with similar allegations against him, and would have found someone with no previous or current ties to anyone on the San Anselmo Town Council.

The Council should have further insured that all state regulations governing this investigation were complied with. Remember, our constitution insures that the rights of the accused are to be vigorously upheld. I don't blame Councilmember Hodgens for this debacle, as I believe the Council was following the advice of Mayor Chignell, who stated to me numerous times during the investigation that he has defended hundreds of police officers regarding similar situations and that he knows what he's doing. Mayor Chignell should have made sure that this investigation was done by the numbers for the good of our community. We should commend council member candidate David Gladysz for having the courage to bring up issues and raise questions even when he has taken a lot of flak from the Council for the good of San Anselmo.
Peter Mendoza

Which Choice For Spiritual Life?

Spiritual life in the new millennium. We can hold to a fundamentalist view that posits a God that looks over a chosen people-you are saved only if you believe in a particular God. Or we can choose brotherhood, sisterhood, and the whole community, which proclaims universal rights of humanity; equality, equal justice and freedom for all.

One choice divides and separates, the other brings unity and sharing.
Ron Lowe
Nevada City, CA
[email protected]

No Need To Manufacture News

It would seem the Point Reyes Light has purposefully manufactured a contentious start to the 4th district Supervisor race between Louis Nuyens and Steve Kinsey, by misrepresenting an exchange between them at former Environmental Health Chief Ed Stewart's recent Whistleblower hearing.

Since I happened to be standing right there at the time, and know Mr. Nuyens well enough to assure people that the quote attributed to him would be remarkably uncharacteristic, I would like to set the record straight.

For three hours, during a public hearing under the county's Whistleblower Act, we listened to the impassioned testimony of Ed Stewart, a county employee of 28 years, who was abruptly suspended after filing for Whistleblower status, and outraged citizens of Marin. Allegations included governmental abuse of power, gross mismanagement, and endangerment of the public health and safety. Mr. Stewart delivered credible and compelling testimony specifically naming Supervisor Steve Kinsey as a person who had frequently interfered with, and exerted undue pressure on, the Environmental Health Services department led by Stewart. Kinsey allegedly bypassed and ignored health and safety regulations and civic responsibility, expressly to gain advantage for his pet projects.

The mood in the chambers was somber. There was evident frustration and no small amount of anger when the Board of Supervisors, very quickly and with minimal comment, unanimously rejected Stewart's allegations and upheld the administrator. The hearing ended and moments later, with this vote in his pocket, Kinsey decided to approach Mr. Nuyens and offer a cheery, sportsman-like handshake in front of Light reporter Stephen Barrett.

Given the conduct of the Board in this "theatre of the bizarre" (correctly coined by Light reporter Barrett) and given the circumstances, it is entirely understandable that, as a person of honesty and integrity, Mr. Nuyens chose not to engage in political niceties or a bubbly exchange. Clearly seeking an act of compensatory graciousness, what Mr. Nuyens did say to Mr. Kinsey was, "I wish you the best of luck in life." I took it as genuine.

I find it unfortunate that the Light framed the exchange without mentioning the Whistleblower testimony, misquoted Mr. Nuyens in a way that misrepresented him, and buried coverage of Ed Stewart's testimony in the middle of the issue. There is enough legitimate news available, and certainly no need to attempt to manufacture it.
Elena Belsky
San Geronimo
[email protected]

Big Houses Are Coming To Pt. Reyes

When the EAH affordable housing issue came to public attention over a year ago, proponents of the development made quite a point about the horrors of "big houses" being built in little Point Reyes Station. The large affordable housing project, they said, was absolutely necessary to offset the "big houses" showing up in town. Those "big houses," they said, were taking away land that could be used for smaller, more affordable housing.

Actually, the "big houses" were as rare as hen's teeth in Point Reyes Station at that time, but were being built helter skelter in Inverness at a prodigious rate. NOW the "big houses" are showing up, built by Doug Elliott in Point Reyes Station. Doug Elliott, by the way, is the builder hired by EAH to be point man for the affordable housing project in Point Reyes Station. Quite a coincidence that both the "big houses" and the "affordable housing" are being pushed by the same guy. Who says irony is dead?

The Point Reyes Station Village Association's design review committee is refusing to even discuss the issue with membership, let alone comment to the county. The chairperson has stated publicly that the association has no real standing to comment at this point AND that they should not comment in any case since the section of town where the building is taking place voted a while ago to not have the design review committee police their neighborhood.

Although it may be true that the comment period has passed, it is unconscionable that the Village Association does not at least write a letter to county planners to officially advise them that such "big, expensive houses" on spec fit neither the neighborhood nor the character of the town. This should be done simply as an attempt to offset the precedent being set by not commenting on these very large new houses.

The more basic reason no comment is being made on this precedent being set is because the chairperson of the design review committee is ticked at "that neighborhood" for voting to not have the committee have a say in what they do with their property. The committee's payback, then, is to ignore the inappropriately large houses being set in their midst.

Reality is that the precedent is for the whole town, not for that neighborhood. If these houses go without comment as to inappropriate size, future attempts by developers to build such houses elsewhere in Point Reyes Station will be impossible to comment or fight. THIS IS A TOWN ISSUE, NOT A NEIGHBORHOOD ISSUE. The chairwoman needs to get over her hurt pride at being rejected by the neighborhood and do what is right for the town itself.

3,000 to 4,000 square foot houses set down among the typical smaller homes of Point Reyes Station are a slippery slope. This issue is exactly what the Point Reyes Station Village Association is supposed to be dealing with. To not do so is just not acceptable.
Jeanette Pontacq
Pt. Reyes Station
[email protected]

Tam Trip To Cuba Needs Support

The journalism students of Tam High School have earned a permit from the U.S. government to travel to Cuba legally and to report from there. We have been producing an award-winning newspaper, and we felt it was time to take on a new and exciting challenge.

In visiting the closed society of Cuba, we plan to meet and report on the lives of young Cubans, people our age, who, like us and our peers, will determine what type of relationship Cuba and the United States will have in the future. We thought it might be useful and interesting to get an insight into the young Cuban mind. We will also explore and examine Cuban culture, family life, the arts, foods, sports, and current events, including the current status of the U.S. embargo against Cuba and life under Castro.

We could use your help in one or more of the following ways:

Introduce us to media contacts who work in Cuba or with North American Cubans, especially who are or know Cuban teens. Also, before we go we would like to meet Cubans and journalists who know Cuba and its culture, history and politics.

Donate equipment. We are looking for 5-10 35 mm cameras with zoom lenses, lenses without cameras, tape recorders, 2-3 video cams and 3 older model laptops. High quality desired, older is ok.

Help us get our special Tam News from Havana edition printed. We currently print on an offset press in black and white. For our Cuban edition, we would like to print a special glossy magazine in color. We will be using Pagemaker or Quark and Photoshop. Do you have a high-quality press? Can you assist us with printing and cost?

Make a contribution toward the cost of travel. We hope 17 students will be able to go on this trip and are attempting to raise $1800 per student. All contributions will be recognized in our publication and are tax deductible.
Noah Flower
Sarah Wagner
Co-Editors-in-Chief

Of Two Minds

What is wrong with the folks who live in Novato? They are in bed with Sutter Health (a misnomer) and don't want the Sutter name attached to the new Novato Community Hospital. They gave Sutter this cash cow. Aren't they a bit late in their concern about Sutter? Sorry, Sutter is there for keeps!
Jamie Phillips
San Rafael

Drug Testing Violates Rights

I was literally two days away from receiving the proverbial watch for 15 years of service when instead I got the BOOT! I was told to report to the office by my foreman where I was informed my name had come up for random drug testing. I thought they were kidding, as a picture of me smoking a marijuana cigarette was on the front page of the IJ (July 27), which had been Xeroxed and passed around the office.

I'm in the construction industry and on my hard hat it says, "Let's go America," but where is it we're going? "One nation under surveillance, with wiretaps and urine testing for all!" (Robert Anton Wilson from Reality Is What You Can Get Away With) I refused on principal, not because I have anything to hide. (After that many years, I've established the fact that I show up on time and do quality work.) I refuse to submit to testing because I bought into the American myths of freedom, and the right to pursue happiness, the right to privacy and my fifth amendment right not to be compelled to give ANY evidence against myself. Our constitutional rights are under attack on many fronts-if we don't stand up for our rights, who will?
Robert Voelker

Decriminalize Marijuana

We applaud the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) for its efforts to publicize, through San Francisco billboards, the fact that there are many responsible citizens who use marijuana in a discreet and moderate fashion for socializing, relaxing and legitimate medical purposes.

Conversely, we decry those who demonize marijuana use despite its relative innocuousness when compared to legal drugs such as alcohol, tobacco, and Valium. It is long past time for the millions of average, law-abiding people who use marijuana to stand up and declare, "We are we not criminals."

We also deplore the tremendous waste of human and financial resources that are being diverted from important causes to indoctrination, interdiction and incarceration of pot users who have committed no other "crime."

Our leaders, the general public and every one of us must take action to end this travesty. We invite like-minded individuals to work towards the prompt decriminalization of marijuana.

Isn't it ironic that despite our strong convictions on this issue, the current atmosphere of intolerance, hypocrisy, and McCarthyism forces us to sign this letter anonymously?
Teacher, San Rafael
Attorney, CPA, San Rafael
Home Builder (non-smoker), San Rafael
Video Salesperson, San Rafael
Business Manager, Mill Valley
Sales and Designer, Mill Valley
Legal Software Applications Specialist, Novato
Production Specialist, Petaluma
Teacher, McKinleyville
Attorney, Emeryville
Physical Therapist, Berkeley
Market Guru, Berkeley
Librarian, Berkeley
Consultant, Albany
Substance Abuse Research Administrator, Pinole
Retired California Correctional Worker, Pinole
Nurse, San Francisco
Computer Program Designer, San Francisco
Attorney, Los Angeles
Attorney, San Diego

SF Medical Research Foundation Outrage

In March, Gov. Davis ordered the groundwater contaminant MTBE to be removed from all California gasoline by the end of 2002 and in September he acted prudently in refusing to sign legislation until after it was reworded to change the deadline for removing MTBE from California gasoline to "the earliest possible date" from Dec. 31, 2002. His end-of 2002 goal for the removal of MTBE has not changed but the governor wants flexibility to protect California consumers rather than a legal deadline that was likely to be achieved by reduced gasoline production and its attendant shortages and skyrocketing prices. He persuaded many major gasoline producers to voluntarily remove MTBE immediately from products in the most sensitive areas, such as Lake Tahoe, and statewide well before the 2002 date. Within weeks, 85 percent of gasoline sold in the Tahoe basin was declared MTBE-free.

As a wholistic naturopathic physician and california resident I am outraged and profoundly disappointed by the governmental denial regarding the clear and immediate danger of MTBE...This known carcinogenic agent is still polluting our air and water supplies...I pray that their is a major class action suit over this issue. It is totally unconsciousnable that this profound poisoning is allowed to continue...It is outrageous!!!
Da Vid M.D.
Director The San Francisco Medical Research Foundation

Maybe We're Pissing Mars Off

Maybe folks up Mars way don't want us bringing our Earth mess there. Mars probes keep mysteriously disappearing and NASA keeps inventing new excuses for each mishap. Better luck next time.
Ron Lowe
Nevada City, CA
530-265-4146 or 265-6999
via e-mail

Dear Randy and All RAN Staff

Many congratulations to you and the thousands of other who made the Seattle caper the most effective US Sector demo in decades! I was especially delighted that a RAN spokesperson (heard her twice on BBC World Service Radio) emphasized the WTO's destruction of democracy. Next day another protester on BBC said "we have peeled away the facade of democracy."

All of which makes me think now may be a fine time for the revival of the US Pro-Democracy Movement, which I had founded during the bombing of Baghdad in Jan 91. I think it would be an excellent umbrella for a coalition similar to the Seattle one. I offer it with no strings attached--though I wouldn't want to work with people who think the US is currently a democracy. I'm considering doing a call for a gathering-in-exile somewhere in SE Asia this spring and maybe we'd issue a call for the boycott of the US 2000 elections except for initiatives and referendums. Also possibly on Election Day we'd nonviolently prevent George W. Bush from voting as a way to protest that instead of allowing a free and fair election he bought the thing sixteen months in advance.

So please let me know what you think. Certainly democracy is a prerequisite for dealing effectively with the biospheric emergency.
Ponderosa Pine (aka Keith Lampe)

WTO Pickle

The WTO seems to have itself in a bit of a pickle. Although its goal is to create a consensus on trade, its successes have also stirred up opposition.

Unions and Ecologists are forming alliances in the streets, and may do so politically as well; combining forces for the purpose of saving the environment and saving jobs in this country. Developing nations are complaining that the trade rules favor those with the most gold. European nations complain that in the process of improving the flow of money, their culture will be destroyed. I have a couple of suggestions.

The straight forward political solutions is to create a "World Labor Organization" and a "World Ecological Organization". I would love to see these organizations directly representing the people but on a more realistic level I will just be hopeful that neither of them is run by a government that is under they sway of multinational corporations. The UN could then set up a tri-cameral global trade legislature where any decision of one organization would first need to be ratified by the other two before implementation. This process would provide a venue for the key factions to work things out in a political arena, rather than in the streets of Seattle.

My second suggestion is more complex though potentially more elegant. Taking three of the key elements of contention (environment, employment and trade), the WTO could implement tariffs based on a rational analysis of how well each product related to each of the three tariff-scales.

Lets take the environment tariff-scale, for example. If the product has no detrimental effect on the environment (e.g. organically grown food), no tariff would be imposed according to the environmental tariff-scale. On the other end of this scale would be gross polluting items such as oil and other products of heavy industry. In the middle of the scale would be lighter industrial goods, perhaps textiles and such. The highest tariffs would be paid by any import/export of gross polluting products, the lightest tariffs by non-polluting products. The exact point any product was on the scale would be determined by the actual level of pollution created by the manufacturing process. This creates a direct incentive for the manufacturer to reduce their levels of pollution. A lot of wealthy US firms would do well in this area as they can more easily afford to build environmentally friendly production facilities.

On the labor tariff-scale, the low tariff end of the scale might be characterized by goods produced by organizations that are employee owned (such as the Mondragon family of firms) as employee ownership is a virtual guarantee of labor rights. Further up the scale would be goods produced by firms that are democratic in nature, but only partially employee run (such as the democratic workplaces in Germany). Still higher up on the scale would be goods produced at firms owned by a few persons and run autocratically with marginal wages. On the far end of the scale would be goods produced by slave labor or wages that are below living wages for the region. The highest tariffs would be paid for goods produced by slave labor, the lowest tariffs would be paid by those who are self-employed. This is one of my favorites because, unlike costly environmental fixes, this kind of organizational structure can be implemented relatively inexpensively.

Finally, the trade tariff-scale. There is a lot of lip service paid to the benefits of a market economy, yet we are actually experiencing less and less "free economy" in many sectors. I would propose a trade tariff scale that imposed higher tariffs on goods produced by monopolistic or oligopolistic firms (this would include a lot of of oil and food produced in America). The lowest tariffs would be paid for goods produced by firms where there was significant competition and where those firms were open and forthcoming with all relevant information (unlike some tobacco firms). This would benefit the European small farmer and the multitude of third world small manufacturers. This scale would work against any larger firms that wanted to create a monopoly.

This is just the start of an idea. Certainly, it needs to be worked out to a much greater level of detail, but I hope you see where this goes. Such a system would create a whole new set of influences for corporations and governments. Tariffs would be linked with the larger socio-ecological picture, rather than being a narrow matter of mere money. Each tariff-scale would work well for some and not for others. In order to reduce the level of their tariffs, The organizations would need to improve their operations along lines that would be beneficial to the global community. If some organizations feels it is absolutely imperative that they continue with their system, they would pay an appropriate tariff for their goods. Not prohibitively high, nor ridiculously low; just at the level of a reasonable incentive.

Finally, the money collected from these tariffs could go to the UN. This way, the UN could be self funded and more importantly, it would have an incentive to keep the tariffs up. Keeping the tariff-scales up would continue to incite business to improve their processes as noted above.
Steve Wallis, MA
[email protected]

No Tax On Email

Your current issue has a article by Kate Turner titled "POST OFFICE WANTS TO TAX EMAIL". The article refers to Bill 602P and referance to A congressman named Tony Schnell. My wife researched the information on the Congressional Record web page and couldnt find any mention of a bill titled 602P or a Congressman named Tony Schnell. About six months ago we received a email from my Wifes Uncle in Virginia giving us the same info about a bill pending in Congress with the same bill number. My Wife researched it that time with the same results and we wrote it off, as the Uncle is some what an "Over activist" in these matters.

I did send a email to my Congressman protesting such a tax before my Wife looked into it. Lets see if the Congressman reads his mail and has any reply.
Carl L.Wuerz
Fremont, Calif.

More On Email Tax Representative Stark:

Please resist efforts of the Post Office to Tax email. They should not receive fee's for services they do not not provide.

This also will be the start of goverment interference with with the freedom of the internet which is sacred to most internet users.

Sincerely,
Carl L.Wuerz
Fremont, CA

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