Letter: Taxing policy via Springfield's leading Chester Whites

Posted Online: April 23, 2014, 11:00 pm
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The leading Springfield Chester Whites now are in the process of reneging on their solemn promise to let the 5 percent income tax rate expire as decreed by law. The Democratics want a new "fair" tax which is the same tax introduced by their hero Karl Marx; a good communist.

This is a simple redistribution scheme for them to buy more votes. They prefer to call this a progressive tax which is supposed to tax the "rich," most of whom have moved out of Illinois.

This exodus has been going on for 10 years and the main reason is Illinois has 7,000 taxing bodies grabbing at our money we work for. No other state has such a burden.

Recently Dr. Dave Markward brought up charter schools versus the government education centers. He mentioned that there is a lack of evidence for anyone to support charter schools as being better or as good as any government education center. It would seem that a school teaching the Three Rs would be superior to an education center instructing the children in a feel-good philosophy.

He omitted the little matter of the government education centers, along with the teacher unions, fighting tooth and nail to keep charter schools from ever becoming accepted. If they have changed their minds let the competition, on even footing, begin. That will settle everything.

Robert Koehler,


Local events heading

  Today is Tuesday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.

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