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 Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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