To the editor:
Two seemingly unrelated issues have received a lot of attention in the local and state news medium. One is the ongoing search for the body of missing union leader and reputed organized crime associate James Hoffa. the other is our States opposition to the KBIC's proposed convenience store and relocation of its casino in Marquette County. Our governor, commendably speaking openly and frankly, gave his reasons for the States position. Regarding the convenience store, the Governor would like the KBIC to function as a tax collector for the State of Michigan.
n the case of relocation, the governor would prefer a progressive tax on any extra profits earned from the relocation of the casino.
The governor overlooks the fact the KBIC, its members and territories constitute a sovereign nation, not a ward of the state.
Expecting the KBIC to collect taxes on Michigan citizens is comparable to asking our neighboring states and Canada to collect taxes on every purchase a Michgander makes in their respective territories.
One could presume this practice could also apply to every internet purchase a michigan resident conducts. The KBIC gaming Facility is a local business, frequented mainly by the residents of the areas in the up. Our governor in effect is proposing a progressive tax on a local business. Such a proposal statewide would be soundly rejected in the business sector.
This should infuriate conservatives and TEA party members alike but the voices are silent. Our States opposition to KBIC request bears a striking resemblance to the tactics reportedly utilized by organized crime. Basically, before one may operate a business in the neighborhood. i.e. state, the government of the state needs to fill its pockets and disregard the decisions of the federal government and BIA. Similar actions resulted in the rise and fall from power for the likes of Al Capone and James Hoffa. Summarizing these issues, we may never locate the body of James Hoffa but his spirit is alive and well in the halls of our State Capital.
Regarding missing persons, would someone please locate the conservative governor we elected in the last gubernatorial election? This person was last seen when the voting polls closed on election day.