Letters to the editor - Monday (5-20-2013)
Lowering income taxes comes at what cost?
While I was growing up, my father always told me the Republican Party was the party of the rich man. The last presidential campaign pretty well proved that with all the losing Super Pacs.
Now our Art Pope-led legislature is proving this in spades. The latest and most damaging bills to the retired and lower-income parts of our population are coming out of the legislature. They are playing to their partisans by saying they are going to lower their income tax. This will benefit only the rich, as they are going to make up the difference by raising the sales tax on a lot of things — food, prescriptions, haircuts and other everyday purchases by everyone. Sure, the rich buy these things, but the amount of increase in sales tax will be very small percentage-wise for them.
The retired and lower income who pay very little or no income taxes but still have to scrimp to get by will be hit very hard. Taxes need to be divided so that everyone pays their fair share, but these bills will only ensure the rich get a tax decrease while the majority of the poulation will take a serious hit.
Wake up, citizens, before Art Pope and his crowd once again take you for a serious ride. Our county commissioners are doing enough damage without help from Raleigh.
— Ralph Walton
Don’t vilify the other side
I have just discovered in the Post yet another person vilifying our president. While I understand that people have different views, it is far too easy to think of the person we disagree with as the “villain.” This is why Congress cannot get things passed; they continually think the other side is so wrong they can’t possibly accept any of their ideas.
It’s my experience that very few people are evil. Many people make mistakes. Many people feel that some actions are good only to regret them later, but their motivation was still honestly to do the best thing. I would have to say that most of our governmental representatives are doing their very best to serve their constituents as well as they can and to make decisions that seem right to them.
I, too, want to make the person I disagree with the “villain,” but every time I think that, I remember where I would be if they weren’t doing the work they’re doing! We as a voting majority decided who would make these decisions; now let’s respect them and ask that they make decisions and solve issues to the best of their ability. Even the person who wrote the letter that sparked my reaction has the right to believe that President Obama is a fascist and would like to become a dictator. I for one think that if President Obama is being criticized for being too rightist as well as too leftist, then perhaps he’s doing a good job of trying to get both sides to work together and compromise.
Please convey your opinions to your elected leaders! Disagree with their decisions if you will, and loudly so if you are passionate, but don’t ever think that person isn’t trying to do the single best for you that he or she can! Please respect their efforts to work for us and, more importantly, their humanity — with the right to have their own informed opinion that may differ from yours. Speak up for what you believe, but respect those who are doing the work!
— David Hagy
Is this best they can do?
After reading recent articles re: the state legislation pending for county commissioners to own the schools’ property and Thursday’s editorial about the commissioners’ desire to de-annex (the airport), I am personally embarrassed for Rowan County.
Do you remember, as a child, the kid in your class who was the instigator, typically a bully? The child who persuaded other witless kids to do something wrong while he/she stood in the background and laughed as the perpetrators got in trouble. Every class had at least one (they typically ended up being lawyers).
With that scenario laid, it appears the Rowan County commissioners have earned the role of instigator and our state legislators (Warren, Ford, Brock, and McLaurin) the witless children carrying out their mischief.
And we elected people to do this? There’s nothing else for our county commission to focus on? And our state legislators have no other issues that would be productive for all the citizens of Rowan County? To me, this is embarrassing!
— John T. Blair