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 Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.

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