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Letters to the Editor

April 09, 2010

Voters seeking change can speak at the polls



To the editor:

As the filing date has passed for the Smithsburg mayoral and town council election scheduled for May 11, I wanted to encourage voters who were looking for a change not to give up.

Even though events in my life prohibited me from challenging, and eventually unseating, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers in the upcoming election, residents and voters of Smithsburg will have an opportunity to elect council members who will move Smithsburg forward with lively debate, in-depth analysis of the issues and a willingness to promote fair and open government from their elected officials.

Over the past two years, this council has been able to institute an ethics ordinance, implement a standardized contract form and a process in which to solicit fair and open contract bidding so that our town can save a few dollars, and let contractors and vendors know that "Smithsburg is now open for business."

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While these accomplishments might be small in comparison to providing police services, maintaining quality water and sewer, and keeping our community beautiful, they are important for the accountability of your town government.

So on May 11, elect those candidates who show a commitment to service and a willingness to fight against the appearance of nepotism and openness to debating the issues with Smithsburg's greater interest being served.

Donnie Souders Jr.
vice president
Smithsburg Town Council




Last-minute filers should consider e-filing



To the editor:

As the West Virginia State Tax Department starts into the last week of the income tax filing season, West Virginia taxpayers who have not yet filed their 2009 personal income tax returns should visit our Web site to obtain information about e-filing their returns.

For some taxpayers who meet certain requirements, e-filing is free. More than 60 percent of West Virginia personal income tax returns are e-filed. Taxpayers who e-file receive fast, accurate and secure service. E-filing assures that your return will be processed quicker and, if you are due a refund, it will be issued faster.

As of April 5, the West Virginia State Tax Department has processed nearly 400,000 electronic personal income tax returns, up 4.8 percent compared to the same time last year. By e-filing, refunds can be directly deposited into your bank account in as little as 10 working days for correct e-filed returns. Correct paper-filed returns can take up to seven weeks before a taxpayer receives a refund check.

I would like to encourage all taxpayers who have not filed their returns to file electronically by logging online to http://www.wvtax.gov.

Craig A. Griffith
acting West Virginia tax commissioner




Just one question on health care reform



To the editor:

Why is it that U.S. Rep. John Boehner can get airtime and free publicity just by saying we need to repeal health care reform and start over when Congress has already rejected that idea, while the leaders who are trying to actually do something to get this country moving again are ignored by the press and the electronic media?

Burr Loomis
Chambersburg, Pa.

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