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READERS REACT: TAKING ISSUE WITH TIMES' STANDS : Note: Many letters writers support our views; many do not. In the spirit of vigorous discussion of the issues, here is a selection of letters that disagrees with us. : Other Measures: PROPS. 132, 133, 141

November 04, 1990

In supporting Prop. 133's sales tax increase to purportedly bring about "safe streets" (Oct. 18), The Times forgets a major factor in what it admits to be a "regressive tax." By reducing the purchasing power of the low- and middle-income groups and placing an additional burden on business, such a regressive tax increases the poverty and business stagnation that cause so much crime. It is impossible to reduce crime and illegal drug distribution when an inequitable tax system makes it so much easier to survive economically by selling drugs than by obtaining honest employment and paying the high prices resulting from consumer taxes.

STANLEY SAPIRO

Malibu

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