As Mitt Romney elegantly clarifies his off-the-cuff comments about the 47 percent from May, perhaps he can advise me where he would categorize me. I certainly will be voting for President Obama in November. However, earlier this month I sent a substantial check to the U.S. Treasury, as I do every quarter, to pay my estimated federal income tax liability. Does Romney view me as one who considers himself a victim who is dependent on the government and has no personal responsibility for his life?
Jack Scott, Wallingford
Keeping taxes as low as possible
For those complaining about Mitt Romney's tax rate, I suggest reading the famous quote by U.S. District Court Judge Learned Hand: "Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes. Over and over again the courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands."
Frank Brodsky, Wynnewood
Candidate's revealing comment
Mitt Romney's comment about 47 percent of Americans is revealing in many ways. Made before a group of potential big donors, the comment can be viewed as pandering to this group. Such pandering has been Romney's leitmotif for years, and the candidate is remarkably blind to the importance of authenticity and trustworthiness to Americans electing a president.
If the 47 percent comment is his true view, what is revealed may even be worse - a willingness to embrace a stereotype popular on the right and shocking ignorance of who makes up that 47 percent and why. We have not heard the last about this comment.
Gerald D. Klein, Elkins Park, firstname.lastname@example.org
Poor marketing of broadband package
It is hard to believe that Comcast, with its gigantic marketing apparatus, cannot figure out how to market an affordable broadband package to low-income families in the Philadelphia School District ("Digital divide now easier to cross for many," Sunday). Enrolling 1,450 families from a population of 117,000 poor kids in the district is inexcusable.
Debra Weiner, Quakertown
Addressing feral-cat population
If feral cat trapper Kathy Jordan has seen "the bad side of people," as she says, it's hard to imagine why she continues to trap and release cats into an environment that she knows is so dangerous for them ("Controlling all those cats," Sept. 17).
Trap-neuter-return programs, however well-intentioned, cannot protect cats from the ravages of life on the streets. Cats left outside to fend for themselves do not die gently. They incur ghastly injuries and infections, contract deadly contagious diseases, are poisoned and shot by people, are hit by cars, attacked by wildlife or dogs, and worse.
The only humane way to address the feral-cat population is to require cat guardians to have their feline companions spayed and neutered and to keep them indoors, and by cracking down on people who abandon cats.
Teresa Chagrin, animal care and control specialist, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Norfolk, Va., email@example.com