Cumberland Times-News

September 29, 2013

Stop squandering money before demanding more of it from us

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— I would like to respond to the editorial “Ante up: Amazon.com customers in W.Va. must pay sales tax” in the Sept. 25 Times-News.

Before addressing the on line sales tax issue, I must first state that every time I see the government doing anything to increase taxes, I want to grab someone by the neck and scream “How about stopping all the waste before asking for more?”  

In the same issue was a report on West Virginia awarding illegal contracts for tower work (“Audit: West Virginia tower project ignored purchasing laws,” Page 1B).

If the legal process was followed, would tax money have been saved? Quite possibly. In the past couple of months this newspaper had at least two reports on a number of discrepancies found from audits on some of Maryland government programs which has undoubtedly cost the state thousands and maybe millions of wasted tax dollars.

The $100 hammers and $1,000 toilet seats are still being bought.

Why don’t we ever hear of our representatives striving to eliminate the untold waste, again, before asking for more?

Keep this in mind during next year’s electioneering and when the incumbents want your vote to continue throwing your taxes away.

 As far as the sales tax issue, if the brick and mortar stores and our “representatives” want to be completely honest and fair, then all sales taxes, whether on line or from a located sale, should go to the home state of the purchaser.

Forgetting the prices and the advantages on buying at a located store, the only difference between buying something on line out of state or if I go to Maryland or Pennsylvania and buy the same item, is that I brought it back to (and used it in) West Virginia instead of having it shipped.

West Virginia should get the taxes on that purchase. And vice versa for anyone from Maryland or Pennsylvania buying in West Virginia. This would put everyone on a level playing field.

Let all the businesses start collecting sales taxes for, and sending it back to, the respective states. It’s only fair.

 And, I beg our “representatives” that before considering the above, please stop squandering our tax dollars before wanting more from us. Enough is enough.

 Norman Launi

New Creek, W.Va.