Tax depletes freedom
Regarding executive editor John Drescher’s July 27 column “Free press linked to happiness”: The finding of a Missouri doctoral student that a free press makes citizens happier suggests that Republican lawmakers in N.C. have come up with a win-win ploy for their side in the new sales tax on newspapers.
From a recent photo (July 28) of the legislature’s sergeant at arms taking a stick to a journalist covering a protest, we can infer the lawmakers’ satisfaction in sticking it to the free press. And the pleasure of taxing citizens who want to read the news (and thereby discouraging them from buying a paper) only makes the tax bite sweeter to those who levied it.
With one tax, Republican lawmakers in N.C. have made the free press less free and informed citizens less happy.