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Dear Mark: Donald Trump, along with the rest of you birthers, are a bunch of kooks. He put you all in your places by releasing the long version of his birth certificate. I cannot fathom how anybody would believe that President Obama is not a citizen of the United States. What's up with you idiots? — Dearborn in the U.S.A.

Dear Born: I have never been a "birther" but have often wondered why President Obama didn't put an end to this matter when Hillary Clinton's people were throwing this rumor around during the 2008 Democrat primary. My guess is the birth certificate issue has been a political asset, giving Obama supporters, including the adoring media, the carte blanche to call his political opponents crazy.

Obama tried to act as if he was above the fray when he arrogantly told reporters: "We've got better stuff to do. I've got better stuff to do. We've got big problems to solve, and I'm confident we can solve them, but we're going to have to focus on them, not on this."

With a strong statement like that, you'd think the president headed straight to the Oval Office for a Cabinet meeting to work on Libya, gas prices, the falling dollar and unemployment. Instead, Obama flew to Chicago, taped an episode of "Oprah" and then proceeded to New York for some fundraisers.

Dear Mark: You complained that 45 percent of the people do not pay any federal income taxes. For your information, the 45 percent who pay no taxes are the low-income people who have about 10 percent of the U.S. wealth. Isn't it logical and reasonable to expect the people with 90 percent of the wealth to pay essentially 100 percent of the income taxes? — No Taxes in Norman

Dear No Taxes: That is certainly one way to look at taxation — but how about looking at individuals paying for the government goods and services they consume?

Let's say 200 people attend a movie but only 55 percent paid to get in.

Didn't everyone in the audience enjoy the movie, as well as the comfort of the theater? Everyone received the same experience, yet in your world only half the people should be required to pay for that experience. Is that fair? Try that at your local mall, and get back to me.

In the United States, every citizen benefits from education, highways and national defense, among other government programs, yet only half of the nation is paying for those services. If that isn't bad enough, President Obama and most Democrats try to score political points by demonizing and insulting the very people in the country who are paying the bills.

Most wealthy people don't mind paying taxes, but they do mind making bad investments. With Washington's horrible track record of waste, sending hard-earned money to the Beltway is a bad investment. Just look at Standard and Poor's' credit rating for the United States.

The so called wealthy in the United States are not clamoring for a huge tax break. Most do not mind paying their fair share, but they simply want to see a smaller, more efficient government before politicians who've never held a real job in their life demand more of their earnings.

Dear Mark: Some morons in the Journal of Animal Ethics think terms like "drunk as a skunk" are bad for animals. What the heck? — Sly Fox in Fulton

Dear Sly: The editors are correct. Just look how Congress has degraded the poor weasel.

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