Letters to the Editor, May 14
Tax relief needed
Inflation affects all of us. Property owners already have automatic 3 percent yearly tax increases on property, with more districts added continually. Plus, the maintenance costs — painting, landscaping, repairs for heating/cooling/appliances/roofing/sprinklers/fencing, ad infinitum — all things contributing to neighborhood values. RVTD and education are important, but why just tax property owners for them? Users should also share costs with fare increases.
My husband and I were raised responsibly, taught "you make your bed, you lie in it." But we’re sick of being made to lie in everyone else’s bed, too!
We waited until we could pay for things instead of going into debt for them (vacations, air conditioning, dishwashers, etc.).
We finally own our own home. But, like most seniors (on fixed/limited incomes) we’re now experiencing the increased health care costs of simply aging, plus added costs for property maintenance we can no longer perform ourselves. All this, along with decreased Medicare coverage, higher supplemental Medicare costs, co-pays, prescriptions, etc., perhaps responsible senior homeowners are a minority that should receive relief from increasing taxation on their property. Remember, often their life savings are invested in their property.
Slope is dangerous
I don't think OSF should seek attorney fees from Phillip Lang for a "frivolous lawsuit." The steep and harrowing slope of OSF's Green Show and ticketing area is indisputable.
I'm a caregiver who once tried to take my dear friend Elva to see the Green Show in her wheelchair. It was virtually impossible to push Elva up toward the show, and I got concerned about falling, myself, so we left. Some years later I worked for a gentleman who used a walker. He was invited to attend the Green Show by a friend from his church. The friend was a kindly, well-intentioned friend, not a caregiver.
That night, the gentleman phoned me from the hospital and told me what happened. He said it was very hard to walk up the steep slope to the Green Show, his walker had gotten away from him, he had fallen and suffered a broken hip. That's already two people I've known, and there are thus probably many people who have had difficulty or even fallen but did not bother to report it.
OSF should content themselves with their legal victory and not try to make it look like that area's not dangerous. It is.
Nothing to fear
OK, folks, let’s get real.
Transgender people have been using restrooms they identify with for years. Decades even. Have there been problems? None that I know of.
Sex offenders can cross-dress any time they feel like it and use the restroom that matches their dress. Again, have there been problems?
Who is going to ask a restroom user to show his/her privates to assure they are in the “correct” restroom?
This whole transgender issue is political! It is fear-mongering in order to sway voters towards a particular political party. Nothing more. And as President Roosevelt said: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself”!
Drug courts succeed
As the executive director of the Public Defender's Office for 25 years, I was involved in the formation of the Jackson County Drug Courts. The District Attorney's Office is the gatekeeper for these courts, making the offers for acceptance into the programs.
To suggest that defendants who enter the programs do not have drug problems is contradicted by well-established research that shows the majority of criminals are motivated by their substance abuse problems. Drug courts have been studied for 20 years across the United States, and are clearly more effective than regular probation or prison. Our Jackson County Drug Courts are recognized as being successful and impactful in reducing crime in the county. I urge you to support Judge Crain, who has been instrumental in this success.
Herbert A. Putney
Wise investment advice
I seem to recall during my K-12 education we had a class or two on economics, but I certainly do not recall spending much time on prudent investment strategies.
A very big factor in investing is time. The more time you have, the longer your investment can build and generate wealth. So, it makes sense to start as young as possible.
Can you imagine if your 15-year-old kid invested his $500 from mowing neighborhood lawns instead of blowing it on a new car stereo system he's just going to get rid of a year or two later?
Clearly, which was the better investment? We must do a better job!