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November 8, 1989 | MARK A. HELLER, Mark A. Heller is senior research associate at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University.
The tax revolt in Beit Sahur is now officially over. For many months, merchants in the small town just east of Bethlehem have refused to pay income or value-added tax to the Civil Administration, the official name of Israel's military government in the West Bank. Since Sept. 21, Israel has responded by imposing daytime restrictions and a night curfew on the town, arresting tax resisters and confiscating property.
May 14, 2003
Re "Short-Term Fixes Only Delay Fiscal Train Wreck," Commentary, May 9: No doubt the anti-tax people are scrambling over one another to rebut David Abel and Rick Cole's excellent column on the need to do something about Proposition 13. But the writers failed to present fully the 25 years of misery the measure has heaped on California. Every aspect of the state's infrastructure has suffered from the effects of Proposition 13: highways, schools, health care, sewers, parks; the list is endless.
June 6, 1988 | PAT NOLAN, Pat Nolan (R-Glendale) is the state Assembly minority leader
More than 200 years after colonists revolted at the Boston Tea Party against unfair taxation, ballots replaced bullets in another tax revolt on June 6, 1978. Ten years ago Californians took their government into their own hands and voted to roll back their property taxes and permanently limit future increases in taxes on property when they overwhelmingly passed Proposition 13.
February 5, 2009
Re "Caught up in a tax revolt," Feb. 4 Tom Daschle should be applauded for having courage enough to withdraw his nomination to be secretary of Health and Human Services when so many congressional leaders have displayed a willingness to overlook "inadvertent" lapses in judgment for the sake of an expeditious approval. It makes me wonder just how pervasive such practices are throughout Congress. Mike Pavlovich Long Beach -- Now we know why Democrats don't want tax cuts: It's because they don't pay taxes.
July 6, 1988
The current drought was about the only thing not blamed on Proposition 13. A few weeks ago The Times called our Legislature a "monster Legislature." Our lawmakers have consistently demonstrated a formidable degree of incompetence, and it would be great folly for Californians to opt for additional taxes until we see a cohesive program on how such funds would be spent, why we cannot make do with existing revenues, and have clear evidence that our Legislature knows the difference between public service and self-service.
September 30, 1988
You are of course correct when you state that the presidential campaign has been more "cotton candy" than substantive (editorial, Sept. 18). No less correct is William Schneider's dismissive "The Evil of Two Lessers" (Opinion, Sept. 18). The real issues are reflected in Bennett Harrison and Barry Bluestone's "New Jobs: a Minus in the Middle" (Opinion, Sept. 18). And in Clarence Y.H. Lo's "Candidates Should Recall Origins of the Tax Revolt," whose advice to Bush is to be "bold" enough to promise to cut the tax rate on the middle, not the upper class," and smart enough to stop talking about messing around with the capital gains tax (Opinion, Sept.
February 2, 1989
In response to your editorial "Challenge to Prop. 13," Jan. 22: The U.S. was founded upon three basic principles. The right to speak freely, the right to worship as you please, and the right to own property that you earn. Prior to July 1, 1978, there was some doubt whether the ownership of property, especially a home, was a right or a privilege from government. Under an antiquated, mismanaged, and politically driven ad valorem system (of assessments), homes in California became prey for government confiscatory taxation.
Rooted in the western provinces and inspired in part by the U.S. example, an incipient tax revolt is sweeping across Canada. True to the Canadian stereotype, it is less raucous and more deliberative than its U.S. counterpart. But the long-term goals are strikingly similar: constitutionally enshrined restraints on government spending.
April 13, 1989
Los Angeles voters almost made up for the disappointment of the low turnout Tuesday with their show of common sense in approving three of four bond measures in the municipal election. Public officials throughout California should be encouraged by the results. While only one of the four ballot propositions was even slightly controversial, their approval was by no means assured. All four measures would have increased the city property tax, so they needed approval by a two-thirds majority in order to be enacted.
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