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The Journal Gazette

Monday, July 15, 2019 1:00 am


Trash truck troubles

What can be done to eliminate trash flying out of trash trucks?

From the top, from the back, I've seen all kinds of things flying out when they are driving down the roads.

Susan Biggs

Columbia City

Deal now with debt,or face ruinous future

The biggest cost of living for all of us is the federal government and all it does to make living in the U.S. viable. Most of us are paying for our cost of living as we go along. But we are not paying for the cost of our government. We are borrowing from the future to pay for our current cost. This is not prudent.

I asked my accountant the effect of a recent income tax cut. He said low-income people saved $300. I saved $1,000. He had a client who saved $48,000. That client said he didn't need the money and knew that someday his children and grandchildren would have to repay it. Why are we putting such a burden on our descendants?

It appears the rich and powerful pay as little of their fair share of the cost of government as possible. Pile up more wealth, multiply it. Then if forced to pay their fair share, they will still be ahead. Also, some feel a time will come when there is a squeeze on the federal budget, and welfare and other services to the poor will be cut while corporate welfare and services to the rich will not.

No one is discussing the tremendous power we are giving the holders of our debt. Some of these holders are not friendly. They are rich and powerful enough that, if they decided they wanted to really hurt us, they could dump our debt at ruinous prices, destroying the value of our bonds and making it impossible for us to sell more bonds.

It would be prudent to adopt a pay-as-we-go cost of government. Taxes on the rich should be increased. It is said that 1% of the rich are paying 29% of income tax. But now many rich are not paying any tax or very little. Estate taxes, while odious, are another obvious source.

It would be better to solve this problem now and not when an unfriendly debt-holder decides to make trouble for us.

Neil Sowards

Fort Wayne

Fresh thinking available to 5th District voters

Recently, Taylor Vanover, Republican candidate for City Council, proposed to include neighborhoods and business districts in infrastructure improvements. He would support giving each district council member $2.2 million to spend on these improvements not otherwise directed by the city. His common sense approach shows that he is more than qualified to represent 5th District voters.

His opponent, longtime member of council Geoff Paddock, was upset that The Journal Gazette's Political Notebook didn't ask him for a response to Vanover's proposal. Not surprisingly, Paddock did not address giving district members a say-so in spending $20 million.

Rather he resorted to retelling a 12-year tale of spending on streets, sidewalks and alleys. He even took credit for the big dig project (this is a have-to-do project from the EPA). The increase from $6 million to more than $30 million has come as an increase in wheel tax revenue.

Voters in the 5th District, including me, have a real chance to fundamentally change the way council works. Taylor Vanover is the candidate to make this happen. In November, vote for Taylor Vanover for 5th District City Council.

Patrick Sefton

Fort Wayne