Friday November 30, 2012

In response to the Eagle's Nov. 23 editorial "End Amazon perks" I'd like to point out that although we do in a sense have a duty to support our government and its operations through paying taxes we are still free to choose the ways we spend our money and if that means taking a drive to New Hampshire or buying things online that is our choice. I don't believe the Massa chusetts government has any place putting restrictions on non-local companies, and what if Amazon decided to put its headquarters in a tax free state like New Hampshire then what would they do?

I don't think it's any secret that government has become bloated, with too many chiefs and not enough Indians, and spending is out of control. That's why we are seeing elected officials putting their heads together to figure out how to squeeze more money out of taxpayers, consumers and businesses instead of looking at the real issues and trying to cut cost and spending.

I also think it is hypocritical of The Eagle because it is guilty of shipping jobs and money out of the area. This has affected me a little, as I'm a small-business owner and the wife of one of my customers worked in the department that was shipped out. What's to say if they were both working that I wouldn't have an opportunity to serve them more, especially now during the slow season?

So if you want to bring a productive discussion on taxes and our obligation to the community in which we live I'm game. But I'm not game on squeezing more money out of already strained taxpayers and businesses so we can continue to fuel a disorganized and greedy government unwilling to come up with solutions that work for everyone. SCOTT MOORE

Pittsfield