letters to the editor - 1/24/03

January 24, 2003

No money to spare

To the editor:

It appears at first glance that non-profits are unfairly taking advantage of the city's tax structure by using the cities services while returning nothing. Have the city officials actually become that narrow in their perspective or have they merely overlooked the reasoning behind allowing non-profits in the first place?

Where else can the homeless go for shelter, the hungry for food, and the children to find a safe place to do their homework while parents are working:? Without non-profits providing these services we would soon find out how ill- equipped the government - any government - is to help the needy on any sustained regular basis.

I must congratulate Mayor Breichner for not wanting to ask the churches, but how can we ask the others who on a daily basis are fighting to provide services that their clients cannot come close to affording? We in the not-for-profit world are all struggling to maintain anything close to a balance, much like the city, county, state and federal governments. The economic uncertainty has affected us all.


Unfortunately, non-profits are the first to feel the crunch. A weak economy adds more clients to the list and slows down contributions at the same time. Think about the person on the bottom of the employment scale who can barely make ends meet. They are the first to be let go and the last to be brought back. But their families still need to make sure their kids have food, clothing and an education or the vicious cycle will never end.

In conclusion, I would like to point out to Finance Director Al Martin that many non-profits are providing tremendous services to the city even though they do not receive city funding.

Jim Deaner

Boys & Girls Club

of Washington County


Poor don't pay

To the editor:

When you hear the mindless rhetoric, "Bush tax cuts are only for the wealthy," it is good to keep a few facts in mind.

First, the IRS reported last year that filers of 48 million tax returns owed no federal income taxes. All but a handful of these were filed by people in the bottom half of income levels. In fact, many of these qualified for a tax refund even though they paid no income tax (the earned income credit). Another couple of million adults do not even file income tax returns.

Here is the point: It is hard to give a tax cut to someone who pays no income taxes. More than one-third of all income taxes are paid by the top 5 percent of taxpayers and the top half of taxpayers pay 96 percent of all personal income taxes.

So don't worry so much about who is getting the tax cut. Just think of the billions of dollars being redirected from the public sector (government spending) to the private sector, where it can actually provide the capital needed to produce jobs. So relax and enjoy. Remember, it is hard to give a tax cut to people who pay little or no income taxes.

George Michael

Big Pool

Agenda, not truth

To the editor:

In her column Sunday, Linda Duffield urges that the "U.S. needs to prove case before Iraq attack" - and well it should. But shouldn't The Herald-Mail, a so-called newspaper, practice what it preaches?

Is it being true to their subscribers when it declares thAt "most" practice or believe a thing when all they have done is interview, say, five people? What's the rush? What's the hurry? Shouldn't The Herald-Mail, to quote Duffield, "be certain we're right and can prove it" with real proof before it flashes a big headline and goes to press?

Unless of course advancing the agenda is more important than telling the truth for this newspaper.

Edward L. James


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