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Is the Bellingham Herald Promoting Tax Evasion?

The Bellingham Herald / Letters to the Editor / Suggests ways to protest war

Of course this letter is the opinion of the author and not the herald. But it is the Herald that chooses what to print. Yesterday they chose to write an article about a peace activist judge at a WPJC co-sponsored event and today they printed a letter supporting the WPJC and the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee(NWTRCC) I know peace activists will say they are just redirecting, or resisting taxes and that it’s not evasion. But come on, I don’t buy that. Here is a portion of their Statement of Purpose:

NWTRCC’s goal is to maintain and build a national movement of conscientious objectors to military taxes by supporting, coordinating and publicizing the WTR actions of groups and individuals. These actions include: war tax resistance, protest, and refusal; the redirection of military taxes to meet human needs; support of the U.S. Peace Tax Fund Bill; and adjustment of lifestyle to avoid tax liability. http://nwtrcc.org/sop.htm

Does “…resistance, protest, and refusal” sound legal? I understand wanting to minimize your tax burden, but refusing isn’t legal, is it? To me, refusal sounds a bunch like evasion.

So was the Bellingham Herald promoting tax evasion when it published this letter? My answer is yes, at least indirectly. And I think they know it, since they seem to go out of their way to promote anti-US behavior. Using illegal means to hamper the activities of our military during a time of war doesn’t sound to pro-US. Mind you, I think that media should give fair access to those on both sides of an issue, just not when the sides promote illegal activities.

It’s a matter of degree. If the group had suggested criminal activities such as robbery or assault vs. tax evasion, I think the problem would be crystal clear to everyone. It is a problem to hamper the US government during a time of war, and double so, to do it through illegal activities.

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