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Letters to the editor for 1/28

January 28, 2003

The wealthy pay, and so the wealthy deserve a tax break



To the editor:

After reading The Morning Herald (Jan. 23), I have had quite enough. I have read several opinion articles in the past few weeks by both columnists and letters to the editor stating that George Bush's economic plan is not stimulating in the short term, and of course the biggest problem of it all is that the tax cuts are for only the wealthiest 1 percent!

The thing that they always conveniently fail to mention is that the wealthy people in America pay more taxes than anyone else. So theoretically, if everyone gets a 5 percent tax rebate, the wealthy people are going to get more money. Democrats cried the same thing last time George Bush cut taxes. Another argument in Keith Scott's Jan. 23 letter says that "Most of his proposed tax cuts go to wealthy people who will likely save" Is that what I thought it was: Likely? How can you be so sure they will likely or most likely sit on their money and not spend it?

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People who make $20,000 or less a year get a full rebate on all state and federal income tax. On top of that, the low-income citizens of America are helped through tax dollars of the wealthy with Fixed Income Credits, food stamps, Social Security and more. Just recently the U.S. Senate voted 88-4 to increase heating aid to low-income citizens by $300 million this year. Therefore, if the low-income people already get all their income taxes back, why should they get more of a rebate? The middle-income citizens also get tax rebates, they are just not as large as the ones for the wealthy. Why? Because the wealthy pay a lot more money to taxes.

A letter signed by 110 economists, including three Nobel Prize winners, urged Congress to support the main elements of President Bush's $647 billion tax-cut plan, make his 2001 tax cut permanent and restrain federal spending to spur the sluggish economy. I wonder why The Herald-Mail didn't print that.

Nathan Kennedy

Hagerstown




Given life, how can they kill geese?



To the editor:

Like so many others, I watched the ordeal of the miners trapped in Somerset, Pa.'s Quecreek Mine with a prayer in my heart. Their courage was an inspiration to us all.

That is why I was dismayed to read that they had been goose hunting in Washington County. ("A hunt for heroes," Jan. 19) These men hid in ambush and bushwhacked helpless, unsuspecting birds. That took no courage at all, only callousness toward the suffering and death of others.

Naturalists tell us that geese form strong social bonds and mate for life. When a hunter kills a goose, he tears at the fabric of a community and a family. To paraphrase an old saying, "The hunter kills for sport, but the goose dies in earnest."

One miner expressed his joy at being rescued. "Our lives changed forever. We got a second chance." They denied that same chance at life to 22 of their fellow mortals on this earth. For no better reason than amusement, they took from the geese what they themselves hold so dear. They were heroes in the mine. But they were not heroes on that hunt.

Norm Phelps

Funkstown




Schools shouldn't bend to censors



To the editor:

Please note that we are in full support of the School Edition of Les Miserables at Williamsport High School which has been receiving a lot of attention in the Mail Call section of the Daily Mail newspaper.

As parents of three alumni "Sophisticats" and one current member of the group, we have the highest respect for Miss Ridenour and know that she will present a tasteful show.

This story is based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo and is a valuable piece of world literature.

This School Edition was recently released to selected high schools across the country for performance.

Please do not promote this type of censorship, which stems from personal opinions of a small group.

Ronald D. Myers

Judy Loiseau-Myers

Williamsport

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