Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema strike me as the ultimate detractors.

First of all, they are acting as the sole intellectuals with having all the answers. All I see are two people who somehow have been gifted with all the answers about what should/can and shouldn’t/cannot be done. They’re like a lot of politicians of late, acting in the manner of “we know what’s best for you.”

The most aggravating to me is that they are totally ignoring their constituency, and setting all of us up to getting anything of any consequence done.

A lot of money has been spent regarding the pandemic. Not much has been spent in recent years at doing some very necessary things the country desperately needs.

Although the price tag seems large, it is large because we are playing catch up. When one puts off doing, the price tag goes up.

We’ve all seen the ads regarding the increasing of taxes to pay for this. The ads confuse us by implying that tax increases would affect the low-income folks as well. I don’t view people who earn $400,000-plus income a year as low-income folks.

I think people would be surprised to know that some of the very rich aren’t the ones opposed to increased taxes. It’s the politicians believing their monetary support erodes as a result.

Earners of under $400,000 would not have their taxes go up. It is my sincere hope that this gets done, and done right, and soon.

Marc Jalbert, Lewiston

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