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We all pay taxes

Dear Editor:First of all I would like to express my support for Matt Starbuck’s ideas and the way he presents them.Nevertheless, despite his goodwill and apparent adherence to objectiveness and the rule of facts, he can’t help to fall in common myths based on prejudices and ignorance.The fact: All immigrants, legal or not, pay taxes. They all pay sales taxes, gas taxes, tobacco taxes, alcohol taxes, etc. every time they buy products or services. Most illegal immigrants get paid through payrolls and paychecks which means they get federal and state taxes withheld. Furthermore, a large number of them go as far as filing tax declarations every year with the hope that it will play in their favor as they try to straighten up their situation.On the other hand, Social Security is deducted from every illegal alien’s paycheck, benefits that due to their status they will never get to collect. I do not have the figures available but I know for certain that each year SS receives billions in unexplained income. Who is supporting whom, if I may ask.To wrap up this futile discussion, I would love to hear the voice of any of the original and rightful owners of this vast territory know as North America. Any Ute Indian around that would like to speak his mind? Sorry. I forgot that extermination was the way the original settlers used to deal with the hassle of learning a foreign tongue.Fernando C. CanitrotSnowmass Village

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