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© St. Petersburg Times, published January 11, 2001
Editor: I am against the tax break for low income seniors, especially if we as a county would lose none in our budget. I also would be against it if it means a higher sales tax even for the ones who benefit from the tax break.
These county commissioners need to sit down and see what budget cuts need to be done. There are so many extra unnecessary expenses the county pays. Why are there so many sheriff's cars parked in front of houses and apartments? We need to determine if it is being utilized in the most efficient way. There are so many extra administration expenses we should be able to cut.
I am not totally against the tax break, but the way it is being presented. The break should be for all low-income persons and not just for seniors. They should not penalize everyone by trying to raise the sales tax.
-- Charles Sluizer, New Port Richey
Re: Real property ownership questioned, Jan. 5 letter
Editor: Mr. Drebin says the land belongs to the Earth and our Creator. He thinks it is arrogance for a person to claim to own land.
I respectfully disagree. Even animals stake territories (land) and drive away intruders. The human animal is a more advanced species. It has been gifted with a superior intelligence which enabled man to create a civilization by using that superior gift. The civilized mind of man created the concept of owning land.
There are some political systems that do not permit private ownership of land.
Communism is one of those systems but they don't believe that God owns the land. The communists believe that the Communist Party owns the land.
All the early kings and emperors believed that they owned all the land and would defend their land from ambitious invaders who would want to steal that land.
The Creator gave us our superior mind and with it the right to use it. Civilization is the outcome, which combined with freedom gave us the benefit of private ownership of land.
Land is property. Land can be bought and sold. Private ownership of land is the foundation of freedom. The right to own and control your own land is the basic test of freedom.
Does Mr. Drebin seriously believe that land should not be owned? Would he object if strangers wanted to camp out in his back yard?
-- Charles Derer, Hudson
Editor: I am opposed to giving felons the right to vote. Felons tend to dislike police, laws and prisons. If they could impose their will on the rest of us through the ballot box, I imagine they would abolish all laws, police, jails and prisons. They would be able to do this for sure if they ever outnumbered law-abiding citizens, and could in effect accomplish this if they became the swing bloc of votes that tips elections to their types of candidates.
I want our current laws against felon voting to remain in place, the only change I want is to enforce it much better in the future. I don't want to be finding out after the next election that large numbers of felons voted even though it is illegal, or that their illegally cast votes have tipped a major election (as they almost did) and that nothing can be done about it after the fact.
-- Norman Carey, Dade City
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