Tax bill changes the rules The general rule is measure twice, cut once. But with this tax bill, the rule seems to be cut it and don't worry if it fits because we aren't the ones who get the short end of the stick. — Rick Terry, Anchorage Grizzlies more deadly In his Nov. 30 letter (which was given the unfortunate and incorrect headline "Black bears kill more often"), Chris Deile questions my assertion that black bears "are by nature much shyer and less aggressive than grizzlies and rarely present a danger" and he references "researchers" Larry Kaniut and Stephen Herrero in making his own claim that "black bears attack and kill more frequently than brown bears." First of all, Kaniut is the farthest thing from a legitimate bear researcher and in fact sensationalizes bear behavior in his books. He's certainly not one I'd depend upon for sound insights into bears. On the other hand, I greatly respect Herrero's work, but nowhere does he state that black bears kill more people than brown bears. One of Herrero's colleagues, wildlife scientist and former Alaskan Tom Smith, has done an in-depth study of brown, black and polar bear killings of people in Alaska and he found that all three species kill far fewer humans than most people believe. Most pertinent to Deile's letter, Smith found that between 1883 and 2015, brown bears and grizzlies (they're the same species) killed 50 people in Alaska, or about one person every 2½ years on average. Black bears killed far less over that same time period: only eight. That works out to one human fatality every 17 years or so. The frequency has jumped a bit with this year's two deaths, but even adding those, Alaska's black bears kill only one person every 13 to 14 years. Especially given their large numbers — bear researchers estimate between 30,000 and 100,000 black bears inhabit our state—they're hardly a menace. As for Deile's reference to a Romy Schneider YouTube video: I have no idea what he means. — Bill Sherwonit, Anchorage We can't afford this tax bill The Republicans are trying to add $1.5 trillion to the national debt to curry favor with donors and corporate friends. If I made $40,000 per year and I had to repay a $1