Meet the tax avoiders; they could help, too
The U.S. population is divided into three parts: The taxpayers, the tax exempt (those of the poor who are willing to work, but who make so little that they pay no taxes), and the tax avoiders.
The majority of the population are the taxpayers. They are the people who labor to sustain our whole nation: policemen, agricultural workers, teachers, construction workers, soldiers and others.
The tax avoiders obsess about paying less in taxes. So, they send their money overseas to avoid taxes. They hire lawyers and accountants and instruct them to devise means to pay less taxes, or no taxes. They finance lobbyists and political candidates who promise to pressure our government to reduce their taxes.
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In our recent wars, taxpayers sacrificed their lives and health for their country. The tax avoiders were noticeably absent from the fields of Afghanistan and Iraq. The tax avoiders are also absent from the police, firefighters and emergency meds who save the lives of others. The taxpayers are our heroic patriots.
To the tax avoiders: This country has been so good to us. We need to let our money flow into the fund that benefits all Americans in so many ways by paying taxes.
They need to abandon the myth that by paying less taxes they create jobs that benefit the nation. They contributed to the layoffs of innumerable American workers by closing down American plants and moving them overseas. You need to be patriots and step in and help our nation retain its greatness.
As a former board member and past president of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association's Board of Control, I want to commend Commissioner Julian Tackett and his entire staff for the outstanding job they do, especially at the KHSAA boys' state basketball tournament each year.
Although I am not surprised at all that the tournament seems to improve each year, I know that it takes a great number of people to make this happen. Most people do not realize the time and effort that is necessary to put on "The Greatest Show In Hoops."
Tackett and his very capable staff put on a show each year that is the envy of many states, and the kids and basketball fans reap the benefits in many ways.
I realize that it takes many volunteers from all over Kentucky and from the city of Lexington to make the tournament run so smoothly. They make it happen with their excellent leadership and experience.
Many thanks to all who may have contributed in some way to make this year's tournament one of the best I have attended. I'm already looking forward to next year's tournament.
Sam W. Chandler
Saving money, time
School transportation should be about safety and not ideas. Getting children to school safely no matter what school they attend helps all citizens.
Taking cars off the road that drop off and pick up children reduces traffic and saves energy. It saves time for the parents, as they can be more productive at home or work.
The money allocated by the state that private schools use is a small stipend compared to what they save the taxpayer.
With 66,196 K-12 students in private schools the savings to the taxpayer is more than $8,000 per student, which is the current cost to educate public school students.
The taxpayer savings is more than $520 million. The stipend is $3.5 million, giving the taxpayer a net savings of $516.5 million.
Thank you, parents, for sending your children to private school.
Greg R. Meyer
God-given gun rights
The dejection in Mike Wynn's Courier-Journal article, reprinted in the Herald-Leader as "Issuance of gun permits rises 447 percent in 10 years" on May 27, was palpable.
If they were worthy of it, we'd extend condolences to both newspapers and Democratic Rep. Jim Wayne and Allison Anderman of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
In 1996, Kentucky joined the other states that stopped authorities from arbitrarily restricting good guys from protecting themselves and their families with the best means of self-defense.
At the time, the left howled general mayhem. Now, it's as if we were peering decades into the future and seeing how foolish their global warming alarmism of today really is.
The National Rifle Association has tirelessly campaigned to make sure all Americans are able to exercise their God-given right to self-protection.
Thanks to the NRA, we are on our way to tossing gun-free zones into the dustbin of history. If the president believes unilateral disarmament is best for your family, why doesn't he first set the example with his family's well-being?
Face it, hysterical left, your campaign to compel all states to recognize homosexual marriage licenses is virtually guaranteeing all states are finally compelled to recognize the real right of armed self-defense.
Snake handling overload
Please stop the extensive front-page coverage of Kentucky's small group of snake-handling Pentecostals. It's sensationalism, not news, and belongs on the front of a tabloid.
If the Herald-Leader wants to increase the amount and visibility of its religious news, why not do more stories on the community services provided by so many churches? Surely readers would prefer articles on programs dedicated to ameliorating health, economic, and educational problems to articles whose main objectives are to shock.
While one obscure Bible passage exhorts believers to take up serpents, many more passages charge believers to go forth and serve.
Kay H. Roberts
Thank you, officer
On May 12, my daughter, husband and I were on our way to Louisville to celebrate a late Mother's Day. We were involved in a slight traffic incident which Officer T. Ball assisted us in getting resolved.
He was very kind, considerate and professional in every way as he advised us how to handle the situation.