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While I understand that things move slowly in Washington, D.C., I simply don’t understand why it has taken more than 20 years for Congress to take action to help America’s local businesses.

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Online shops need to collect taxes

While I understand that things move slowly in Washington, D.C., I simply don’t understand why it has taken more than 20 years for Congress to take action to help America’s local businesses.

I’m talking about the unfair advantage online-only retailers have over the small businesses lining our main streets. By not requiring online-only businesses to collect our state’s sales tax, Congress subsidizes them, placing their interests above local small businesses. As a result, more of our Main Street shops are cutting back or shuttering their doors.

I just don’t see why anyone would think it’s acceptable to hold similar businesses to different tax requirements when the only difference between them is whether they operate online or out of a brick-and- mortar storefront. That flies in the face of the free-market system upon which our great nation was built. It’s the government picking winners and losers, plain and simple. No one wants to pay sales taxes — and no business really wants to have to collect them. But if we’re going to require one business to collect them, then we must require all businesses to do the same.

It’s only fair.

The Senate already passed e-fairness legislation by way of the Marketplace Fairness Act last year. It’s the right solution because it levels the playing field for businesses and it ensures the sales taxes paid by consumers benefit the communities where they live. It’s time for the House to show they also support the local businesses by passing e-fairness legislation once and for all.

— Steve Schlegel

Oklahoma City

The truth

When I first read Michael Moberly’s negative response (Letters, May 28, Gazette) to Robin Meyers’ excellent commentary of a few weeks ago (Commentary, “Oklahoma’s mean Jesus,” May 7, Gazette), I wondered how he could miss the point so completely.

But then I realized, by totally missing the point, Mr. Moberly beautifully proved Meyers’ point. Thank you, Mr. Moberly. And thank you, Dr. Meyers, for another skillfully written dose of the hard truth.

— William Kizer

Oklahoma City

Practice what we preach

While I have disagreed with Robin Meyers on many an occasion, he has a good point; if we don’t practice our Christianity, we aren’t living up to our “religion” (Commentary, “Oklahoma’s mean Jesus,” May 7, Oklahoma Gazette). I can’t say I am perfect either. What we need to do is disassociate the people from their practices. Jesus loved the sinner (person), just not his sin. I believe homosexuality is wrong; I believe that non-Christians have no way to go to heaven. Christ said, “I am the way the truth and the light and no one comes to the Father except by me” (John 14:6).

Too many in our mainstream churches have forgotten who God is and who Jesus is, and many don’t believe. We are all sinners and in need of forgiveness. Our command is to teach the world of Jesus and bring them to Him. That doesn’t mean that one is a bigot for saying that Muslims need to come to Christ and that homosexuals need to change. One cannot list all of the things that need to be changed to make us a great society.

— David Hays

Oklahoma City

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