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Vincent Bugliosi and his questions about God; the possibility of a tax cut for business; a visit by President Obama

April 22, 2011

Bugliosi and God

Re "Former L.A. County prosecutor challenges God," April 17

Vincent Bugliosi expresses incredulity at the goodness, omnipotence and omniscience of the Christian God. The Manson prosecutor repeats the age-old "God is mean because we die or suffer" argument.

As a lawyer and a believer, I note with curiosity and some sadness how many brilliant lawyers can reach opposite conclusions based on the same facts. Christians observe evil and pain and see the gift of free will, redemption and eternity. Others observe suffering and see only irrational futility and meaninglessness.

Mr. Bugliosi, we don't believe in the risen Christ because we are dumb but rather because we see Him every day in both joy and suffering.

Gregory Weiler

Irvine

Kudos to Bugliosi for using the logic and rationality he employed in the legal profession to debunk superstition. As a prosecutor, he searched for evidence, essential for building a case. He now demonstrates that a lack of evidence, along with well-established inconsistencies, destroy the case for religion.

I differ, though, with two of his concerns, the first being his differentiation between atheists and agnostics. If agnostics simply don't know if there is a god, they also don't know if there are a multitude of other possible existent beings. It becomes a meaningless and futile exercise to grant possibilities to everything.

Second, the prime-mover argument has been long abandoned by philosophers and theologians. All one needs to do is ask who created the creator, and if the answer is that he always existed, then why not the same for matter and energy?

Larry Kosberg

Los Angeles

Although Bugliosi addresses "The God Question" in his new book, the greater problem in today's world is the socialization of God — namely, religion.

Perhaps it is the true God within Bugliosi

that inspired him to write his book, the same God that gave him his sense of right and wrong as a prosecutor and that is the foundation of his integrity and character.

Many of us have found that God within us, one we believe is inherent in all men, perhaps in all living things. It is only when we make a religion out of God that we get the horrible distortions that create jihad, inquisitions and political trickery.

Stan Stachura

Marina Del Rey

On taxing corporations

Re "Support builds for a business tax cut," April 20

All this apparent agony between the two great and powerful parties in Washington over recovering this country's economy, and what they come up with is another tax cut for the corporate class?

Wow, that's creative thinking.

With problems in education and healthcare, high unemployment and a crashing Social Security system, all these people can come up with is yet another basket of goodies for those that, as this article says, "are sitting on a record amount of cash and are back to paying bonuses that are the envy of executives around the world."

Gloria Richards

Simi Valley

It has long been recognized that corporations ultimately do not pay taxes, in that corporate taxes are passed on to consumers, employees and shareholders.

Corporate taxes lead to distortions in competition and an unfair distribution of the tax burden, resulting from lobbying and setting up shell offices overseas.

Of course, the revenue lost by eliminating the tax would need to be restored by increasing other taxes. However, the public should experience a net gain from lower prices, increased investment in U.S. business, higher employment and reduced business and tax administration costs.

Al Clarke

Thousand Oaks

Some large corporations are paying minimal taxes, yet the focus for balancing budgets is on public employee unions. Large corporations should receive no tax cuts unless they prove they are providing jobs in the United States.

The redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the wealthiest Americans is a disgrace. Capitalism is supposed to benefit workers as well as owners. Otherwise, the concept of supply and demand is a failure, which is what we are experiencing today.

We need to end all tax shelters and make everyone pay their fair share.

Mike Lockridge

Mission Viejo

Questions of fairness

Re "Palestinian teens held in deaths," April 18

It is shameful that The Times printed a picture of the distraught Palestinian mother of one of the teens suspected in the murder of five Israelis. The people who were murdered while they slept, including three children, were the victims, not the alleged Palestinian murderers.

When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, The Times often portrays the Palestinian perpetrators as the victims. The Palestinians are the ones firing thousands of rockets into Israel and shooting into school buses.

When they stop the attacks and rid themselves of their hateful Hamas leaders, Palestinians will have a chance at peace.

Jeffrey L. Melman

Los Angeles

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