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More taxes for poor

Dear Editor, Tax rackets My compliments on an excellent and thoughtful editorial in the latest issue [“A real taxpayer’s Bill of Rights”; May 15, 2013], especially your call to stop pitting our citizens against each other.

Also, my compliments to you and your staff as YES! Weekly gets ever better and better.

PS: Re: Rhinoceros Times: Perhaps “making conservatism cool” ran out of relevance. In the end, it was a “weakly” paper, as indicated in its masthead.

Art Kainz, Kernersville, NC Although I generally have conservative positions, I am strongly opposed to both the House and the Senate versions of the currently proposed legislation to change our state’s taxation system, because I believe these proposed changes benefit the wellto-do at the expense of those who are financially less fortunate.

The primary reason given for the proposed changes to substantially cut the taxes on the income of both individuals and corporations is so our state will be more attractive to people and corporations that are considering moving to North Carolina.

However, extending sales taxes to include services that currently are not taxed and to more than triple the sales tax on purchases of unprepared food will undoubtedly result in greater subsistence problems for many, if not most, low- and middleincome families in our state, assuming that no new subsidies are made available to these families.

In my opinion, the proponents of the proposed legislation are showing a lack of compassion for the financially less fortunate members of our society. Although I am confident that our state is comprised of many compassionate people, we won’t be demonstrating our compassion if we allow our legislators to pass the currently proposed tax changes.

My wife and I would benefit significantly if the proposed tax changes are enacted, but we will not allow this benefit to override our compassion for the poor. It is my hope that many people in our state feel likewise and will let their representatives know how they feel about this matter.

Harvey E. Armour, Winston-Salem This past Sunday, May 19, the North Carolina Senate released its budget proposal. Similar to the governor’s proposal, the senate plans to enact more austerity measures, which would erode the public sector at the benefit of the wealthy.

It seems that the senate is willing to dismantle public education at every level: K-12 education would see deep cuts amounting to more than $300 million in the senate’s budget along with eliminating tenure for teachers as well as class-size limitations. All clear signs that this senate simply wants to destroy public schools to make room for privatization efforts. The UNC System and community colleges would still lose funding from the Senate’s budget proposal: $50 million in cuts for the UNC System and $19.6 million from community colleges. Although still burdensome, these cuts amount to less compared to the governor’s proposed budget, which shows that the student opposition to the legislature had some effect on their decision-making.

Direct action does weigh down on the minds of the powerful if we are persistent.

But the legislature still preys on those who have little voice such as children, the poor and immigrants. Thanks to the organizing efforts of the NAACP and other progressive groups, the chants of opposition from North Carolinians will rock the General Assembly Building every Monday. The North Carolina Student Power Union urges more North Carolinians to join us on June 3rd for the next Moral Monday and voice their opposition towards the efforts of this insidious legislature.

With Solidarity, The North Carolina Student Power Union

Cure for the blues

On behalf of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, thank you so much for your generosity and sponsorship for the 27 th annual Carolina Blues Festival presented by YES! Weekly.

Your sponsorship made it possible for us to bring in the amazing one-two punch of headliners Janiva Magness and Kenny Neal. They brought down the house.

Your belief and support of this blues festival means a lot to all of us. It truly is our festival and I value our partnership in this annual event.

Thank you again and I look forward to working with YES! Weekly in 2014.

John Amberg, festival Chairman