Light A Candle

Have you ever noticed how, when things are gloomy, most people complain about the darkness, only a rare few light a candle?  For everyday problems that affect us, half of us only complain, 40% want government to do something, but only the rare 10% propose something that can be constructive.

I was dismayed to read a promotional letter for the misleading “Marketplace Fairness Act” bill [“Level the Field”, June 30] by a Destin Chamber leader.

That was a “40% letter” asking the federal government to use oppressive force to take sales tax dollars from everyone shopping on-line.  Somehow, it is “more fair” to use force than persuasion.

In economic times like these the creative genius of the American spirit lays the foundation for economic growth, for example:  new businesses are formed; and new marketing approaches developed.

Since you are a Destin business leader, may I suggest a 10% solution befitting your position?  Provide all your members with the expertise needed for an effective on-line presence.  Create a larger economic pie and stop complaining about the current smaller one. 

If that seems too daunting a task, then perhaps you can start workshops for us consumers to instruct us in:  our obligations to pay sales taxes on everything we buy; how to make our quarterly tax payments to the State; and how to fill out our tax returns each April 15th.  We can only hope that the money gets back to Florida.

Be a 10 per center.  Light a candle.

Lee Jackson – Shalimar