Re “Last-minute drive on to levy online sales taxes” (Page A1, Nov. 30): Your report states that retailers with more than $1 million in online sales could be required to collect sales tax under the Marketplace Fairness Act. In fact, the law would widely apply to retailers many times larger than what that figure suggests. The distinction is crucial, as it reveals the claims by online giants that tax fairness would kill small business for the nonsense they are.

Brick-and-mortar businesses seek only the level playing field necessary to have a healthy market economy, rather than being handicapped by government. We all will suffer if the government subsidy for online retailers kills off local businesses and we lose the opportunity to see, feel, and try merchandise before buying.

It's time for those who talk about the virtues of a free market to enable one. This means passing the Marketplace Fairness Act and beginning an era of fair competition between storefront and online retailers.

Jeff Milchen
American Independent Business Alliance
Bozeman, Mont.