Truth about bikers

Why doesn’t the Trib stop hyping the Twin Peaks shootout if it isn’t going to bear down on the hard truth? Consider the two articles in the Oct. 25 edition: One quotes Waco Police Officer Heath Jackson as testifying that he shot four bikers, while Officer Michael Bucher shot at least three times. Then there’s the police chief’s quote that a total of 12 shots were fired by three officers. Then turn to another story about how the shootout left nine dead and more than a dozen injured.

So now I ask: How many of those nine were killed from shots fired by police officers? How many of the injured were shot by officers? Regardless of whether the officers involved were cleared of wrongdoing in the shootings, lives were lost. Is the Trib going to continue to sugarcoat the facts or will we ever get a real answer from anyone in either journalism or the law enforcement world?

I’m not for murder and fighting, but I am for the truth being told. And let me remind any other citizens who read this: You may be indifferent about the rights of others at this moment, but some day those rights may well be denied to you as well. Do you want the truth told or do you prefer to ignore it at present because you’re not in the cross hairs?

Laura Krause, Fairfield

EDITOR’S NOTE: Just for clarity’s sake, information revealed in the ongoing Jacob Carrizal trial is at the discretion of the judge, state and defense. Today’s coverage may add to your insights.

Tax cuts please!

Congress has finally passed a budget. Now it’s time to pass tax cuts. As president of Guy Chemical Company in Pennsylvania, believe me when I say no greater obstacle to business expansion and job creation exists than high taxes. When you combine federal, state and local taxes, I pay nearly 50 percent of my business income to the government. While I currently employ about 130 workers, growing a business is not smooth sailing. To finance expansion in 2008, I had to take out four loans. I’ve mortgaged my house seven times just to see my business grow.

High taxes only hurt. I’ve had to take out bank loans to pay my taxes on numerous occasions. Even after deductions, high taxes often prevent me from hiring new employees and rewarding my current workers with higher wages.

Some people will continue to characterize small-business owners as greedy, but I did not draw a salary from my business for five years. When I did, it was $36,000 a year. Cutting taxes isn’t about lining my own pockets; it’s about helping employees line theirs.

Guy Berkebile, Guy Chemical Company, Somerset, Pennsylvania

Quite a man

After reading the insightful Sept. 15 letter sent in by Layne Teaff Pittman, I’m reminded that not only was Grant Teaff an outstanding football coach during his years at Baylor but he obviously is an outstanding father as well.

Jim Reddig, Waco