Letters to the Editor

Letter: Fair share

December 24, 2012


To the editor:

Just how stupid does Menards think the residents of Lawrence are? They claim they are delaying expansion to the Kansas City area because they are a small, family-owned business. As such, President Obama’s administration is “scaring the heck” out of them. (“Lawrence Menards less likely…” Journal-World, Dec. 17)

Menards had an annual revenue of $7 billion last year operating over 270 stores. Small business? We should all be so small. Their disingenuous statement is mere political grandstanding, and demagoguery at its finest. What they are truly afraid of is the president’s position that wage earners should be spared higher taxes and the wealthiest among us, who benefit most from our economy, (like the Menards family) should pay a fair share.


xeniahawk 1 year, 3 months ago

Typical Faux News watcher response. If you tax the job creators they will stop creating new jobs. How has that been working over the last ten years? The rich have gotten richer and the middle class is vanishing before our very eyes but the think tanks have convinced us, through their media mouthpieces, that the poor are the problem. When did the war on poverty turn into this crap. Oh yeah, about the year 2000 when someone stole the Whitehouse.


KansasLiberal 1 year, 3 months ago

If the Menard's in Topeka is representative of all of their stores it's a good thing that they're not going to move into Lawrence. That place is a dump. Lowe's is way better.


Trumbull 1 year, 3 months ago

Just a few things to remember. It is a proposed tax increase of 3% on net income above 250k. It is a graduated income tax. For example, you would only be paying $3,000 for every $100,000 earned above 250k. This seems to me a good problem to have.

The so called 47% who do not pay federal income tax, are still paying federl Medicare and Social Security taxes, state income tax, sales tax etc. Many of them are retired, or take advantage of extravagent loopholes like the home mortgage deduction and child dependent deductions and exemptions.

Menards is not a pretty big company to not be incorporated. Why do they not incorporate? In fact, this is a big reason why companies incorporate when they grow to such a big size. They should be more afraid of there tax advisors tnan President Obama.


oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 3 months ago

Menards would do better to have a store in Basehor on the highway near Orschelns. With all of the construction in the area and the denser population, they may as well pay taxes to Leavenworth county and get more bang for the buck, plus pick up eastern Jefferson county trade area. And Eudora and northern Johnson county.

Lawrence leaders don't have the brains to attract business, let alone employers.


nativeson 1 year, 4 months ago

Liberal or conservative, the landscape is unpredictable. The lack of clarity regarding tax structure keeps investment on the sidelines. If a deal is to be made, make it long-term to create stability. That will help the economy.


gr 1 year, 4 months ago

Mark, what is a fair share? Do you subscribe to the idea that fair is not equal? How does one determine when it's fair? When everyone make more than you is paying way way more at a much higher rate? But still, how do you determine if that's even so called "fair" and that they shouldn't be paying even more? Or is it, if there's still some left for them to pay you, it is not "fair" enough?


Larry Sturm 1 year, 4 months ago

So much for payihg taxes. But what happened to the todays news page.


Armstrong 1 year, 4 months ago

Why can't liberals get past the kindergarten mentallity of "it's not fair". and "share with your neighbor" Mark you address so many of the most basic rules in business and economics yet seem to be lost as to why a company would look out for it's best interests to stay in business. Might I suggest some basic business/econ courses from JCCC or LHS.


voevoda 1 year, 4 months ago

"That is also why you pay taxes. The authorities are in God's service and it is to this they devote their energies. Discharge your obligations to everyone; pay tax and levy, reverence and respect, to those to whom they are due." (Romans 13:6-7)


bearded_gnome 1 year, 4 months ago

higher taxes and the wealthiest among us, who benefit most from our economy, (like the Menards family) should pay a fair share.

---... "pay a fair share" and put more americans out of work, you mean.

they're already paying the bulk of income and other taxes, how much is enough?

corporations do not pay taxes in reality, they just collect them in the cost they pass on to consumers and employees. simple economics is no longer taught in the state controled schools.


308_incendiary 1 year, 4 months ago

It would be nice if everyone paid their fair share. Heck. It would be nice if everyone paid something at all.


lawrenceguy40 1 year, 4 months ago

The liberals are about to pay heavily for their love of barry o! The politics of jealousy will give them higher taxes and hopefully will spoil their atheistic year end celebrations.

When will they learn that encouraging laziness and the bum lifestyle will only lead to everyone suffering. By penalizing the successful, as barry o wants, everyone will pay.

I am retired and can adjust my income in minimize my taxes, so I shall take great joy in watching the liberals in Lawrence whine as they pay barry o their extra taxes. Meanwhile they would do well to remember their state tax bill in 2013 next time they have an opportunity to vote!

Merry Christmas


Dan Eyler 1 year, 4 months ago

Based on the taxes I will pay next year anyone in their right mind wouldn't do anything that means paying more taxes. Middle class Americans have been lead to believe the bush tax cuts put in place nearly 12 years ago only benefits the wealthy top 2 percent. Well that's not me but my taxes will go up $8,000 dollars a year. Those not on government benefits but are lower income will see huge increase in their taxes pushing many individuals and families into welfare. Taxing business and those making over $250,000 might make you feel better but your taxes are going up too. But it's what you want so enjoy.


Liberty275 1 year, 4 months ago

Menards can expand here or not, I don't care. I already have a job.


skinny 1 year, 4 months ago

You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.


RoeDapple 1 year, 4 months ago

Always amuses me to see crybabies like Mark kicking and screaming for more taxes on businesses and the people who own them. Hey Marko, who do you think pays those taxes? That's right, you and I! The Menards didn't get where they are buy swallowing all the costs of doing business! If it costs 2 or 5 or 10% more to stay in business they tack it onto the products and services they offer. If you take home delivery on the local paper, take a good look at it! After being a subscriber for the last 42 years I see it as 1/3 the size, 1/4 the content and every time I renew my subscription I question the worth of 2 or 3 day old news that I can get here on line within minutes or hours of it happening. If Menards doesn't see a viable market here or in KC at this time, good for them! Far better to pass for now than to have another abandoned building in 4 or 5 years.


Abdu Omar 1 year, 4 months ago

Let them cry all they want. If they are "afraid" to enter the Kansas City market, that is fine with me. We don't really need them, we have Lowes and Home Depot. Let us take our business to those two.


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