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  • Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 12:16 a.m.

... Trepidation on taxes

Cuts to income taxes accompanied by increases in sales taxes hurt retirees. Most retirees owe little income tax but continue to pay for hair salons, labor on auto repairs, lawn mowing services, all examples of things that would suddenly have sales tax added to the bill. This is not a senior- friendly idea.

— Doug Sokolowski

... County says it can’t give school system $4.6 million increase

Although the Board of Education’s needs are genuine, it seems their darts have been tossed at the wrong target — it is the State Legislature, not the County Commissioners that have left the BOE with a shortfall.

— Chuck Hughes

They can’t afford to use money for education, but they say they can use taxpayer money to fund their court battle for sectarian prayer against the ACLU. Shows just where their priorities are.

— Howard Platt

The state cuts funds to counties, and the county has no funds for schools. How do any of these politicians think our country is going to educate our youth and ensure a prospering economy someday?

— Scott Phillips

... Sparger retiring as East Rowan principal

A good man who was a good principal and a great man to work for and with. Enjoy your retirement, old friend, you’ve earned it!

— Ron Turbyfill

... Clash of the conservatives

It looks like Pittman must have experienced a political epiphany, after his brief April 27th moment of candor.

— Jeff Morris

JM, “epiphany,” no. Political heat and pressure yes. The late Sen. Everett Dirksen used to say “when he felt the heat he saw the light.” Politics can be a sickness.

— W.F. Owens

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