Letters: Readers on puppies, tax reform glitch


Celebrate puppies by giving

Friday is National Puppy Day, so it’s as good an excuse as any for sending cute dog videos around the office or posting them on Facebook. And if you want to chip in to help pups who need a home, make sure you donate to your local pet shelter.

People are often surprised to learn that national animal groups often give little or nothing to local shelters. We’ve all seen the ads with the sad music and homeless dogs. But the group behind the ads, the Humane Society of the United States, is not actually affiliated with local humane societies despite the similar name. According to its tax documents, only about 1 percent of its $132 million budget was given to pet shelters. Instead of helping pets, the Humane Society of the United States spends millions on executive salaries and pensions and lobbying. National Puppy Day is only once a year, but you can help animals any day by giving locally.

Will Coggin

managing director

Center for Consumer Freedom

Fix tax reform glitch for farmers

If more proof is needed that President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is working, last week’s Labor Department report that the economy added 313,000 jobs in February — the biggest increase in two years — should settle the issue.

But there’s an aspect of the act that is still troublesome. One section (199A) will impact the agriculture industry in Michigan, the language of which gives a larger tax benefit to farmers who sell to cooperative grain suppliers instead of private, independent businesses. It arbitrarily favors certain types of farm businesses over others.

If Congress does not correct this, it will deeply hurt small grain operators and disrupt the market for farmers. It will create inequality among Michigan farmers and an unfair distortion of the market that could decrease competition, damage small and independent businesses and further increase consolidation in the agriculture sector. In the name of basic fairness, we need a timely retroactive rewrite of this flawed provision.

Joseph Pujol