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Cutting Deficit Requires Action Now, Not Later

December 17, 1989

In response to the article by James Flanigan ("No New Taxes Means More Borrowing," Oct. 29), I agree with the fact that our deficit is too high and it's time to do something about it rather than let it grow and deal with it later. The situation gets worse with time. The longer we wait, the more it's going to cost the taxpayer. It's time we realize the fact that we have to raise taxes and stop borrowing.

The earthquake situation was handled very well. However, the President and Congress should have funded the earthquake relief with a temporary gasoline tax that would have brought in $10 billion in one year. This would have prevented the $3.5-billion relief program to be added to the $100-billion government deficit.

I believe that it is time we pay our way.

SEAN NORTHRUP

San Clemente

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