Unequal & unfair
To the editor: It’s easy to vote for a tax levy when you are paying a fraction of one percent to 3 percent of income as a home tax. We pay more than 15 percent of our income in real estate taxes. If your $100,000 income were taxed at our rate, you would pay $15,000 home tax and you would scream and never vote for any levy.
The home tax system – ruled unconstitutional – is the most unequal, unfair, mean way to support a government. Every taxpayer is taxed at a different rate of income and thousands of high incomes are never taxed and low incomes are taxed at exorbitant levels. The more your income, the less you pay – the less your income, the more you pay.
Sorry doesn’t work
To the editor: Domestic violence hides its ugly head in the best of homes. It should not be private or personal. It should be out in the open. If more situations with names were made public, maybe those mentioned would get help. People need to be aware that it happens in our own “backyards.” In the Aug. 13 issue of The Press, Deb Diamond writes, “I pray the Kiss family will heal and move on.” Well, I pray Joe Kiss will get help so they have a chance to move on.
I commend The Press on the article and I do not think they are doing the public a disservice by printing names. It is in the best interest for Joe and many others to realize that “I am sorry” just does not work.
“I haven’t met anyone yet who is perfect and find most people do the best they can,” Marian Gladieux also wrote in the Aug. 13 issue, but doing the best they can should not include violence. Revealing the offenses and personal difficulties may just save a life.
Domestic violence is news and let’s just hope it ends on a happy note.
Showcasing area history
To the editor: As a current member and past president of the Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society, I would like to welcome the Harbor View Historical Museum to the City of Oregon. However, in the articles I’ve read, this organization is presenting itself as the first and only historical venue in Oregon.
I would like to clarify that OJHS has existed since 1963 with Brandville School, c. 1882, as the anchor of the museum complex at 1133 Grasser St. We have an extensive collection of items from Jerusalem and Oregon Township (now the City of Oregon) which includes the five villages incorporated into the City of Oregon.
We also have several community outreach programs such as a four-day summer Living History Day Camp for youths in third through fifth grade; four formal teas each year with programs featuring “First Ladies,” e.g. Eleanor Roosevelt, Mary Todd Lincoln, Amelia Earhart, Beatrix Potter and Annie Oakley; and special events such as the 150th anniversary of the Titanic and an antique wedding gown style show featuring vintage gowns modeled by students from the John Casablanca Modeling Center.
A “Holiday Tour of Distinctive Homes” is offered on a biennial basis and draws much interest from the community. In 2011, to commemorate the start of the Civil War, a “Tribute Walk” was held at North Oregon Cemetery to honor both veterans of that conflict and area early settlers, with members of Oregon Community Theater portraying those brave souls.
Our museum complex consists of three buildings as well as an extensive library with area family genealogy files. The military room contains artifacts from the War of 1812 through the Afghanistan conflicts. Our Civil War collection is the largest in the area and includes the original Gilbert Gaul painting “Battery H at the Battle of Cold Harbor (Va.).”
We have had two large projects completed by Eagle Scouts and another will be started in the near future. We hold public programs with guest speakers five times a year at no charge.
For further information regarding OJHS, visit www.ojhs.org. We are open each Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., during which trained docents offer tours of the museum complex.