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To a Reader At Williams


Dear Sir,

You sent an email asking a question about the California tax system, but before I could peck out an answer–for that matter, before I’d even absorbed the question–I inadvertently hit the “delete” key, sending your email into that vale from which there is no return. All I can remember is that the suffix on your email address was “” I don’t know. It’s been one of those days.

Anyway, you can find detailed tax comparisons between California and the other 49 states at the following marvelous site: As you’ll see, the Golden State doesn’t look particularly golden.


Butterfingered in Palo Alto


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