6/15 Letters to the Editor

*Wealthy can afford to pay more taxes*Children's program thankful for gifts*Pet owners must take responsibility

Wealthy can afford

to pay more taxes

During my 13-month Army-provided vacation in Korea, we speculated why many orders didn't make sense. We concluded that the Army was actually run by Spc. 4th Class Neuboldt.

Spc. Neuboldt lived and worked in a small windowless room in the Pentagon with one phone line. He received no inputs of any type but each morning he would call the Army secretary and tell him what the Army should do.

Spc. Neuboldt has retired from the Army and is now exercising his Army skill as secret director of the Republican Party.

When the GOP announces that it doesn't care if the air is filled with lead, Neuboldt said so. When it rails against safety regulations in industry, that's him. When it holds a vote to destroy Medicare, it's his instruction. That can be the only explanation for the National Republican Party's continuing hostility to ideas that would help or protect the middle class and America in general.

Since Neuboldt does not wish to pay taxes, he absolutely rejects tax hikes for the wealthy. Normally, Neuboldt does not explain himself. But in this instance he created the fiction that increasing taxes would "kill jobs." Actually, America's greatest growth was the 1950s. During that time the marginal tax rate on the top bracket was 94 percent. The wealthy didn't take much income home. They plowed it back into the company, thereby creating jobs.

Eventually, the top rate went down and these people began taking their profits home and investment in American industry declined.

Tax rates for the wealthy are at their lowest since 1917. I wouldn't wish a 94-percent tax rate on anyone, but I think somewhat of an increase for the top few percent would certainly be fair.

Fred Brown


Children's program

thankful for gifts

As the executive director of Poyama Child & Family Services, I would like to thank the Independence Police Department, Chief Vern Wells and Carl Nightengale for the very generous donation of nine beautiful new bike helmets and stuffed animals.

These are financially challenging times, and as a small nonprofit program located in Independence for young children, our program is no different.

The gift of bike helmets that are well made and fit properly is so important for the children's safety as they navigate our bike path and attempt to improve their personal top speeds.

Thank you for thinking of the children in our program and offering your support. It is greatly appreciated.

Hope Shaw


Pet owners must

take responsibility

I recently returned from feeding my horses and was mad as hell. A group of buzzards were in a nearby oak tree, some on the ground. As I approached to investigate, I recognized the remains of an emaciated cat that was recently dumped near my property. She obviously died of starvation.

This isn't a new problem. Cats show up here regularly, abandoned by their beloved humans for whatever reason.

You need to know that little Fluffy will not revert to a feral state and take care of itself hunting. Unless a kitten learns to kill from its mother, it's unlikely to ever learn on its own and survive.

They will stalk, pounce, play, and maybe accidentally kill prey, but the transition to treating that toy as a meal is something that is learned, not instinctive.

What happens to your pet after you thoughtlessly dump it is this: These cats are so traumatized by the abandonment that well-intended folks cannot get near them. Their trust and bond with humans has been broken, and only if they are smart enough to survive long enough will they have a chance at a new home. It is extremely difficult for them to trust a human again under these circumstances.

How about the sweet little black cat that arrived about the same time? Haven't seen her in a week. Either she died of starvation as well or the coyotes got her. A cat is easy prey and a nice snack for them.

I understand that times are tough and sometimes you have to make unpleasant decisions. But don't abandon your pets. There are rescues available for nearly all types of house pets, which is a far better alternative to the slow and terrifying starvation or predation that your formerly loved pet has to endure.

Cindy Birko



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