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I assure Dave Lewis (letter, Jan. 10) I am not the Luddite he seems to believe.

He mistakenly concludes that my concerns about the recent tax bill stem from its effect on productivity-enhancing investments by business. Nothing could be further from the truth.

More efficiency in business is a good thing for our economy. While tax cuts surely will boost growth and job creation to an extent (estimates vary widely), my point was that the job boost may not be as large as proponents assert. Labor-saving technology is just that: labor saving, yielding more production with fewer jobs. Not a bad thing, but not necessarily a ray of hope for unemployed workers.

My main concern with the tax bill is its effect on an already large deficit. Lewis surely understands the downside risks that poses for our economy — and taxpayers — in the future.

Joanna Shelton,

Moiese

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