Readers write about taxes, NATO, Internet gambling, and REAL ID.
Reasons to pay taxes without complaint
In response to Walter Rodgers's April 2 Opinion piece, "Taxes – my patriotic duty": It will hurt a little bit as I fill out my checks to the IRS and the State of Oregon this month, but I subscribe to Mr. Rodgers's view that we are all in this together and we all gain something from the common good.
Whether my money is still in my wallet or the government has it from the taxes I pay, it's still "my" money. And if I don't like the way the government is spending it, I can always exercise that other precious right Rodgers mentioned: I can vote to change things.
Regarding Walter Rodgers's recent Opinion piece on taxes: There is another reason for gratitude when one pays income taxes: There are many unemployed people in this nation who would welcome the chance to pay income taxes.
NATO's expansion threatens Russia
In response to Eugene Rumer's April 1 Opinion piece, "NATO's message to Russia": With the dismantling of the Warsaw Pact forces, there is no need for the Atlantic Alliance. NATO is not an economic alliance after all; its purpose is military. NATO knows that its expansion to the borders of Russia, while unnecessary from a military strategic point of view, is highly provocative and disingenuous. This is because the expansion of NATO will inevitably be followed by the construction of military forward bases that, when configured around the deployment of a missile defense system, will provide the possibility of a "first strike" against Russia.
Web gambling ban oversteps privacy
Regarding your March 25 editorial, "Don't fold on Internet gambling ban": Would you want the government looking into your life and deciding what is good for you? Adults can make these decisions for themselves.