Dissing a company that gives so much is unfair
Whenever I have a chance to get near an elected official at their perpetual fundraisers, I always pose this question: What can America make that the world wants to buy? In past years, Apple has been that shining star, with 61 percent of its total revenue from international operations. We live in a globalized world, so to harass or threaten Apple because of its prudent tax planning strategy undermines its ability to compete with ferocious foreign competitors. Why would an elected U.S. official try to tarnish a company that provides jobs to thousands of Americans? Apple should receive a medal for its contribution to the well-being of our country.
KAIMAY TERRY, Wayzata
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U.S. senators blamed Apple executives for evading taxes. Apple tax accountants took advantage of loopholes in tax laws established by our government. Perhaps members of Congress should blame themselves for allowing bad tax rules to be written in the first place. Then they should spend their energy fixing these laws rather than criticizing companies that follow them.
ANDY WESTERHAUS, Burnsville
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Want to help out? Just smoke and gamble
Vikings fans! If you’ve quit smoking or haven’t yet started, now is the time to show your support and get back on the wagon. Those extra tax bucks are needed for your stadium. Find out where those electronic pulltabs are and get out and hit those bars. Do your part for the team. Teach your kids by your example.
NORM SPILLETH, Minneapolis
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Must we outshine the nation in this statistic?
Minnesota 2013: Mediocre sports teams. Longer-than-usual winter. A spring that refuses to come. And now, the nation’s highest average gas prices (“Minnesota drivers paying highest average gas prices in Lower forty-eight,” May 21). Finally, we’re No. 1! Drat, we’re No. 1.
ROD HOGETVEDT, Fridley
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