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Letters: Tax and benefit

August 24, 2012

Re "How curiosity begat Curiosity," Aug. 19

Ahmed Zewail makes an important point but neglects to mention one key fact: The ascent of American innovation and technological and scientific leadership was made possible by a top marginal tax rate of well over 80%. These days, 39% percent seems too much for the rich to bear.

The fact is, we cannot afford to be an educated, scientifically advanced nation without a major tax increase on the wealth hoarders. And they will benefit in the long run as well.

Gerald Kamin

Sherman Oaks

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