Expanding sales tax a bad idea


Raising the sales tax on middle-class Ohioans so that millionaires can pay less income tax is a bad policy idea proposed by Gov. John Kasich (“Kasich budget stalls as key GOP allies balk; Lawmakers resist tax, Medicaid proposals,” March 24). Not only is it bad for Ohioans, it also is bad for the state’s business development.

During public hearings, Kasich administration officials have failed to answer critical questions about how the sales tax will be applied to different businesses. This already shows that the sales tax hike will be a source of confusion for the business community.

During testimony in the Ohio House, many businesses have come out against Governor Kasich’s tax plan. They warned that it would kill jobs and have a devastating effect on some small businesses.

Republican leaders in the Ohio General Assembly recently requested options to Governor Kasich’s plan. They know that it is flawed and bad for the overall economic growth of the state.

We should not be raising taxes on small businesses and middle-class Ohioans. It is imperative that Governor Kasich listen to the thoughts of the business community and Ohioans, so that we are not taking two steps back when we try to rebuild our economy.


Ohio Senate 11th District



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Healthy memories lift Torio’s club

Torio’s Health Club is now but a memory — but, oh, what a memory (“Torio’s gym, a beacon for health and spirited talk, closes its doors; Landmark club served all of Toledo for decades,” March 17).

This institution of learning will never be duplicated in modern times. But it will be cherished in the archives of memory for those who shared its existence and knew the great, dedicated man who held sway there.


Monclova Township


All religions can’t be equal

Amjad Hussain’s March 4 op-ed column, “Faiths of all kind need to preach, practice inclusiveness,” caused me to ask myself: What sets me apart as a Christian?

The answer: The three R’s of faith. The first is respect. The words “inclusiveness” and “tolerance” are overused. But I agree with Dr. Hussain that we need to respect each other regardless of the faith that we hold.

I take exception to his remark: “In a truly pluralistic society, religions, just as people, have to be considered equal.” How is that possible? All religions cannot be equal with respect to the other two R’s: redemption and the hope of resurrection.

What makes Christianity unique is the belief that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Jesus won that redemption for us on the cross, and validated that promise by his resurrection.

I respect Dr. Hussain’s opinion, but on belief in the way to redemption and the gift of the resurrection, all religions cannot be equal.



Editor’s note: The writer is a retired pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Maumee.