To the editor: I just completed my 2008 tax returns. I spent a lot of time making sure I used every deduction I was eligible for and wishing I had taken advantage of several other opportunities.
My thoughts drifted to all of the talk about how the middle class carries the tax burden while the rich pay no taxes. Let’s put an end to the continued bashing of President Bush and his “tax breaks for the rich” policy. Is anyone looking at what the current tax rate structure is? Presently, if you earn under $34K it is at a 15 percent rate; $34-82K is 25 percent and above $373K it is 35 percent…yes 35 percent. A full 10 percent more than if you are “lower middle class,” as I and most of you are.
What is “fair” about asking them to increase their burden? “Fair” would be all of us paying the same rate – wanna go there? I thought not. As for the tax breaks themselves, all of us have the option of parking some of our income in some of those same places. If I were subject to the 35 percent rate, I would be looking real hard for ways to bring my tax basis down even further also. A lot of the investment deductions that are allowed for the wealthy really do help stimulate the economy.
But that is a whole ‘nother letter.
To the editor: In reading today, I came across a quote by a Frederic Bastiat. It goes, “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in a society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”
Mr. Bastiat was born in 1801 and died in 1849. This seems to mesh with the present condition of our Jerusalem Township trustee government, county government and Ohio state government. It indicates that history really does repeat itself.
Control ahead of safety
To the editor: I compliment Joann Schiavone for taking the initiative to search for a better and cheaper solution for policing Walbridge. At a time when most Americans are cutting back, it is nice to see someone looking to help her village do the same.
The mayor and council of Walbridge need to take a second look at their stance on this issue. In the past, Mayor Dan Wilczynski and council President Ron Liwo have been outspoken about how other entities in the township spend money, suggesting that there are cost saving alternatives for those entities that still maintain quality. They are now ignoring their own advice.
The truth is that their only concern is control and not safety. If it was a matter of safety, they need only look at the larger, more experienced, more capable Lake Township force that could defend Walbridge citizens with a more visible presence and a lower price tag. This force could also better defend all sides of the railroad tracks because a larger fleet would never be completely cut off due to train traffic.
It is unfortunate that the mayor and council have placed control ahead of safety. As a result, the village police force will continue to selectively target certain people and businesses while an independent police force would evaluate all situations to make just decisions.
If the mayor and council make the smart decision, they could concentrate on spending a fraction of the savings on things the townspeople really need, like smooth railroad crossings.
Eliminate severe tire damage and save everyone money.
To the editor: In response to the March 9, 2009 issue of The Suburban Press regarding the Genoa sting operation, there are some concerns on behalf of Genoa citizens and perhaps Oregon.
John Szozda should base his articles on all the facts instead of inflammatory statements. Has he attended any meetings lately?
On March 2, approximately 30 of Genoa’s citizens attended with concerns of an overzealous chief of police and mayor. Had John gone, he might have been better informed and not so quick to judge some of Genoa’s citizens as being unscrupulous. His article about the Oregon and Genoa sting suggested that these establishments willingly violated the law to make a profit. If he believes that, then he needs to have his head examined.
Patrons have visited these establishments for years and have found them to be very concerned about checking IDs and making sure that their livelihoods are not jeopardized. If John is truly concerned about the welfare of your youth, he should ask The Press to stop taking ads from unscrupulous establishments. I doubt he does that. Why? Well, money, maybe, to use one of his quotes.
Here’s the rest of the story. Randy Hill, chief of police in Genoa sent two ladies into Genoa establishments undercover. The so-called 20-year-old looked to be in her 30s. With that said, when the 20-year-old was served, she allegedly also consumed in at least two establishments. The question is, if this 20-year-old consumed, who’s contributing to the delinquency of a minor? Yes, both the establishment and the police. The sting operation would have been just as effective without consumption. Allowing a 20-year-old under police supervision to consume is wrong, or to coin a phrase from John, “a no-brainer.”
These establishments in Oregon and Genoa are run by real people, whom he has never gotten to know, yet John slams them as easy as he breathes. They made a mistake. For him to leap from making a mistake to them risking their livelihood for profit on the backs of minors is insane.
And Concerned Citizens of Genoa
Editor’s note: Genoa Police Chief Randy Hill said he gave the undercover woman instruction not to drink and says she did not consume alcohol.
Savoring the pages
To the editor: Nice article in your last issue about newspapers, their reporting, decline, and their current situation.
Like you and others our age, I like...no, love, the feel of a newspaper in my hand - especially on a Sunday morning. But like many younger people, I get a lot of news from the Internet - probably due to ease of access, and lack of free time to really sit down and savor a good newspaper.
For what it's worth, years ago, the sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov wrote a short story for an airlines magazine on communication in the future.
He proposed that the ideal format would be something that required no power, was resistant to heat and cold and sun, could be taken anywhere, and when closed would fit in the user’s pocket. In an O. Henry ending, he revealed that the future was here: a paperback book.
I've no answers, only musings. Nice job.