Reader's View: News Tribune, state are too hard on Gary bar
I am confused. What was the point of the article about the Gary business that was behind on its taxes ("State catches up with bar's illegal deals," Nov. 29). "Illegal deals"? Seriously? The headline made it sound like the bar was dealing crack ou...
I am confused. What was the point of the article about the Gary business that was behind on its taxes ("State catches up with bar's illegal deals," Nov. 29). "Illegal deals"? Seriously? The headline made it sound like the bar was dealing crack out the back door when, in actuality, it was just trying to stay in business, which is the bar business.
Was I the only one who found it ironic and ludicrous that the state would put a bar on a do-not-deliver-alcohol-to list while also expecting that business to catch up on taxes it was not able to afford in the first place? How exactly does the state suggest the bar do this?
I would be interested to find out how many in the liquor industry have had to lock their doors and lose their livelihoods due to this asinine law. I can think of two without even trying. Does anyone honestly think any business wants to get behind with the state? Does anyone think any business would have the money in the bank and just opt not to pay taxes?
The liquor industry is one of the most heavily taxed and, like many during this difficult economy, has fallen on hard times. Then a finger is pointed at this one business, and it is made to look like crooks. A $200 fine does not seem very serious to me. The tone of the article would have them sitting behind bars awaiting a trial.
What exactly was the News Tribune hoping to accomplish with this article?
And the suggestion that taxes were only paid because the newspaper published some list was a joke. The News Tribune shouldn't flatter itself; its articles have become about as relevant as the National Enquirer.
LAURA LYNN PERSGARD