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February 28 , 2003

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Taxes Two-Step President Bush "would have given the economy a bigger bang for the buck" had he proposed relieving moderate- and middle-income workers, rather than investors, of the burden of double taxation, John O. Fox, MHC visiting professor of complex organizations, argues in a commentary in the February 23 issue of the Boston Globe. "Let me be clear. Double taxation is not inherently wrong. It occurs in useful ways all the time, such as when we use our already taxed wages to pay excise taxes on gas, property taxes on our homes, and sales taxes," Fox writes in the column titled "Workers Who Spend Are More Deserving of Relief." "On the other hand, if you believe double taxation is wrong, it also seems wrong to devote all the relief—at a price of $364 billion—to stockholders and nothing to workers, as the president has chosen to do. Workers pay double federal taxes on their wages used to pay FICA taxes because, since 1964, they may not deduct FICA taxes on their income tax returns," he writes. Fox argues that granting tax relief to moderate- and middle-income workers would "help pull the country out of its economic doldrums" by stimulating consumption; under the Bush plan, he says, "Too much of the tax savings will flow to high-income stockholders who will save and invest the money because they already can satisfy most of their consumption needs." Fox also commented on double taxation in an opinion column in the February 16 edition of the Sunday Republican of Springfield, Massachusetts. The Globe commentary can be found at here.

Clone Zone "Forget human cloning. We aren't going to do it," advised James Robl, the man who cloned the first transgenic cows, in a February 20 lecture at MHC reported on by the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Robl, president and chief scientific officer of Hematech, was the keynote speaker for The Political Embryo: Reconceiving Human Reproduction, the spring series of the Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership. Robl, who captured international headlines in 1998 when his team cloned the calves George and Charlie, called theraputic cloning "a great idea that just won't work," reported Gazette staff writer Cheryl Wilson. "Cloning has more than a lion's share of controversy," Robl told the standing-room crowd. "We need to distinguish the controversy from the reality. We have been so focused on the controversy and on the approach that nobody has stepped back. Can we engineer our way around it just using good science?" Wilson noted that Robl spoke earlier in the day with students enrolled in an advanced cloning seminar taught by Rachel Fink, associate professor of biological sciences.


Eve Tickets Going Fast Ticket sales for the March 2 Eve concert have been brisk, according to student programs director John Laprade. Eve, who was featured on the cover of the "Fashions of the Times," a supplement to the New York Times Magazine, last Sunday, will perform live in Mary Woolley Hall's Chapin Auditorium at 8 pm. The one thousand free tickets for MHC went fast—within days of becoming available. Members of the MHC community can still purchase tickets for $20 (while supplies last) at the Office of Student Programs. General public tickets for the concert can be purchased at select local record stores, TixUnlimited in the Student Union at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (413-545-0412), and at the Office of Student Programs at 17 Woodbridge Street. All tickets—and there are not too many left— are general admission, with limited seating in the balconies and an open floor at orchestra level. For tickets or information, contact John Laprade at x2478

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