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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 1:00 am


Not all tax the same

Most of us don't relish paying taxes, but about 175 million pay Social Security taxes. These taxes are 12.4 percent of earned wages, half paid by employers and all by those self employed. So it at least seems fair because we all pay the same tax on our earned wages, right? Well, not exactly, because the amount of tax is capped at a certain income. This year the amount is $127,200; next year it rises to $128,700. So, no matter what you earn, you are taxed at a total of 12.4 percent. Any amount over that is not taxed. Sounds like a tax break, and it's not clear to me why there is a cap and removing the cap isn't really a tax increase so much as removing a break. Wouldn't it also help to keep Social Security more solvent?

Sherwin Kepes

Fort Wayne

Healing rain needed to save our nation

I am so tired of what is going on in this country – so very sad. A nation representing every country in the world is being split apart, by what? Not racism. Not terrorists, but by our own people. By lies and evil.

When Barack Obama was elected, we who disagreed did not start riots. We did not disrespect him. We kept working for the things our founders wanted – good morals, unity in the midst of disagreement.

Can our friends on the other side say the same? They have done everything in their power to undermine President Donald Trump. They have stymied approving his appointments. They have lied about the election results when their own party's stand on many issues is what caused people to rise up and vote against them. They and their allies, the media, have lied to the point that people don't even know how to appreciate what our system of government has done for them. People are rioting and disrespecting all authority to the point of even disrespecting our great flag. 

Our nation is not perfect. What one is? But where else can a person rise from poverty to wealth? Where else can a person enjoy all this nation offers? Check the facts. Who buys the boats, big houses, goes to all those expensive sports events? Our middle class and wealthy. Who makes money from these things? Sports players and those of us who provide these assets.

Our founders wanted more for their children and nation, but it had to be based on God's rules...God's morality. In fact, you will find the blueprint for this nation within the Bible.

Today we have rejected both by saying marriage is not needed or any two people pledging to each other will suffice. Babies have all too often been killed on the altar of convenience. We have even gone so far as to say that God makes mistakes in creating the sex of a child.

Lord, forgive us. We know your judgment is inevitable if we keep going down this path. Send a healing rain on this land. Amen.

Linda Demorest

Fort Wayne

Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana sends a huge CHEERS to Jeremy Garner, Jessica Lemmon, Rachel Lott, Vec Talarico, Julie Frost, Robyn Blue, Sue Delagrange and Rick Ross for volunteering their talents to make An Afternoon of Beauty a successful event. We want to give a special thanks to Vera Bradley for their gracious donation of bags and throw blankets.

All of your wonderful contributions helped provide a day of happiness and relaxation to women touched by cancer.

Ann Hathaway

Program Director of Education