I am completely confused and astonished that Republicans across the country are defending tax loopholes for corporations and the megarich! I worked for myself for years and later for a local business. I paid income tax and Social Security obligations every year, the same as most of us.

Where were our “loopholes?” We didn’t need them or want them. It’s pay your share, even if we might have griped some.

Does the petroleum industry, with its huge recent profits, really need subsidies? Exxon and BP have done such a great job with safety and environmental issues. Close the loopholes, and let them pay fair taxes so that Louisiana and the United States can go forward and get on with the business for “THE PEOPLE”!

Scott Baker

retired sales manager