Thankful for Hodge

Why does Topeka-based Americans for Prosperity, a Koch brothers funded right wing political group, send mailings falsely attacking our Representative, Tim Hodge?  They should be glad we have a legislator working at the problem of  under-funded schools, highways, foster care, prison staffing, and medical care rather than giving tax breaks to wealthy corporations.  — Stanley Bohn, North Newton. ThanksThank you to both Dillons stores, Wal-Mart and Tractor Supply for allowing us to hold our Buddy Poppy campaign at their stores. Above all, thank you to all who donated money to support our Veterans programs. A special thank you to all Veterans — we applaud you for your service to our country. — VFW Auxiliary No. 971, Newton.  Everyone is welcome

Thursday, Nov. 23, will mark the 22nd year for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. This dinner is for anyone who doesn’t have a place to go for Thanksgiving dinner or for anyone who just simply doesn’t want to cook. There is no cost for the meal.

Come and join us from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, at Grace Community Church,1600 S. Anderson here in Newton.

We will serve turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, cranberries, sugar-free salad, rolls, pie, cake, coffee and tea. You not only get a great meal, but also an opportunity for fellowship with the volunteers and others who come to share the meal. If you need meals delivered, call 283-2554 Thanksgiving morning after 10 a.m.

We would like to thank all the volunteers and businesses in advance for their help or for providing food for the dinner. Thanks to First Baptist Church, Salem United Methodist Church, Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, Grace Community Church, Newton Christian Church and First Church of God for your support.

— Bob and Jan Swickard, Planning committee members



Cutting taxes


When campaigning for public office, candidates to gain votes will advocate cutting taxes. Cutting taxes sounds good to the lay public which will mean "more money in the pocket." The question then arises, "which items of expense will then be eliminated or minimized?" That involves difficulties in making decisions whereby there certainly are pros and cons pertaining to what to cut.


Taxes could be cut to the point whereby no tax money would be required. No one would would want that. We all desire selected goods and services from the public sector to maintain


sanitation, civility, safety, and information. The public sector is vital. To reach optimal development, children need a high quality education to be ready for college or career. Providing good schools assists in getting ready for the work place ultimately.


Deficits in spending add up, unless income from taxes is adequate. A tax bill currently being presented advocates cutting federal budget tax moneys for education from $70 billion presently to nine billion dollars less in amount. This amounts to a thirteen per cent cut.


To frequently, campaigners implicate that public sector employees do not pay taxes; they pay just as much as others do. Spending on schools and education is money well spent if an improved society is to result. On the state and local levels, adequate tax money needs to be available so the slogan, "Lets cut taxes so that people will not need to live paycheck to paycheck," can definitely not be proven. That is erroneous since the day of reckoning comes with an increase in deficits in the Federal treasury. This needs to be paid for in terms of tax moneys.




— Marlow Ediger, North Newton



Letter policy

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