Letter Box

Tuesday September 25, 2012

Please welcome Hodgie back to town Editor of the Reformer:

On Oct. 6 we will be having a fundraiser for our son/brother/friend at the American Legion from 1 to 6 p.m.

Hodgie will be arriving in his hometown by train on Oct. 1 between 5:10 and 5:20. Please come down and surprise him as he arrives back home.

This will brighten his spirits greatly!

Thank you to all friends and businesses that have helped to put this fundraiser together. We could never do it without your support.

Anna, Bill, Ken and

Lorelei Hodgdon,

Guilford, Sept. 24

Celebrating 50
years of marriage

Editor of the Reformer:

On Oct. 7, 1962, Richard N. Baker, of Andover, wed Alice B. Melendy, of Londonderry, in the South Londonderry Baptist Church. Reverend Fair officiated, with Butch Gordon standing up for the groom as Best Man and Maid of Honor being Evelyn (Crossman) Guy.

Over the years, they raised their five children in Andover, Windham and Townshend. After moving around the West River Valley as empty-nesters, they have settled in the Jamaica area. Their children are all grown up now and have given them the joy of being grand and great grandparents.

Come celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this blessed event at MacLaomainn’s banquet hall (rear of pub) in Chester, on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 1 to 5 p.m. If you are unable to attend, but would like to share in their special day, please send a card to: 52 Marsh Hill Rd, Andover VT 05143.

Nicholas Baker,

Andover, Sept. 24

On taxes, horses

and fairness

Editor of the Reformer:

Explain it to me as if I am a 4 year old, how is the present tax system fair, equitable and democratic?

I have just heard that President Obama paid 19 percent in 2011 income taxes and Mr. Romney paid 14 percent. Aren’t they both in a 33-percent bracket? Oh! I forgot there are deductions, loopholes and different rates on wealth, such as capital gains.

In 1983, when President Reagan make more than three times what I did, I paid more taxes then he did. Not owning a home let alone a second home or having any other deductions (for instance, an Olympic horse; $77,000), you can not shelter income if you need it to live. Under the present tax code the more you have, the more you can keep.

What percentage of Americans who paid income taxes paid less than 20 percent?

Mr. Romney releases his tax return the same week he was heard criticizing 47 percent of Americans for not paying any income taxes. Did that include the 4,000 families with income over $1 million who paid nothing? Probably not; some of them were sitting in the audience in Boca Raton, Fla., eating $50,000 a plate rubber chicken.

If we are all created equal why shouldn’t we carry an equal percentage of the burden based on the abundance we each harvest from the American Dream?

A flat tax of 12 percent would be fair, equitable and democratic and would close the deficit and reduce taxes for those American in the middle class who are the vast majority of the 53 percent who are paying income taxes. Granted there will be some losers (4,000 millionaires).

And while I’m at it: Is there a lawyer out there to start a class action suit against Congress? They work for us and we pay them substantially more than 95 percent of us make. They haven’t done their job the last two years and have run the ship of state up on the rocks. Friday, they decided to go on vacation until after the election because they admit they can get nothing done.

What would your boss say if you told him "I can’t do my job; I’ll be back in six weeks"?

Easy answer: "You’re fired!"

But we’ll also have that option on Nov. 6.

What about their pay for those six weeks let alone the last two years? I want our money back. Talk about an entitlement program or people getting something for nothing, this is crazy; these are the same people saying we’re broke and who got us there.

Let’s sue them for our money: No work-no pay.

That’s the American way. Isn’t that right, Mr. Romney?

Dean Lynch,

Putney, Sept. 24

Coming to Jesus

Editor of the Reformer:

On Saturday, Sept. 22, in an interview in the "Weekly Standard," Sarah Palin urged presidential candidate Mitt Romney to "go rogue" because "America desperately needs to have a come to Jesus moment ..."

The radical right that has hijacked the Republican party has loudly proclaimed their brand of Christianity. They wailed about the Democratic platform; proudly counting how many times Republicans had mentioned God in theirs.

I don’t know that form of Christianity. I do know Jesus, because I follow him. He was a poor, homeless guy who depended on the charity of others. He taught his followers to avoid judging others. He wanted people to work together and love one another. He taught people to fight for justice, and take care of the poor, the sick and the needy.

He told us if you have two cloaks, give one to the poor. What about people with so many houses they aren’t sure how many they have? He told us to forgive debts. How would he feel about a party that fights against control of financial institutions, even while some big bankers have been "systematically defrauding states, local governments and non-profits."

The GOP rails against "entitlements." Have they forgotten we paid into Social Security and Medicare?

Before Obama was sworn in, the Republican party held the government hostage. They even denied help to first responders who became ill due to their work on 9/11. Why? The GOP would not compromise to even a 1-cent raise on millionaires’ taxes. Perhaps they also forgot that this would merely be a repeal of the Bush tax cuts for the rich. This is a republic, of the people, by the people, for the people; not of the rich, by the rich, for the rich.

The Republicans have openly moved to disenfranchise voters likely to vote Democratic, and bragged about it. The people who don’t pay taxes, including the poor, the elderly, the ill, have been dismissed as not worth thinking about. Candidate Romney might have forgotten that his father once was one of those who needed welfare to get back on his feet.

Sarah, perhaps it is time for Mitt, and for you and the rest of the GOP, to have a "come to Jesus moment" of your own.

Devin J. Starlanyl,

West Chesterfield, Sept. 24

Editor’s note: In regard to the Editor’s Note in the Weekend Reformer, Sept 22-23, in no way did we mean to imply that Ms. Robin Rieske is a liar. She had spoken to an editor on duty, but there was a miscommunication in the newsroom. However, it is the Reformer’s policy to not sensationalize headlines and we will continue to strive toward that.


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