Quit looking for creative ways to increase taxes

March 22, 2014 

We taxpayers trust our leaders, senators and representatives in Washington and Springfield. We taxpayers trust our leaders, board members, councilmen and trustees in our county, cities, villages and townships. We taxpayers trust our school district leaders and board members.

I can't believe that any of the above during the past 40 years has ever taken the first semester class in typing. Maybe some people will remember the lines, they go like this:

Now is the time for all young men and women to come to the aid of their country. Just maybe if they had we wouldn't be in the mess that we are today.

More taxes, more money is not the answer. At this time we cannot cut taxes and we cannot raise taxes. They need to stop trying to find new, creative taxes and start managing their respective budgets.

Our public employees' wages and pensions are not sustainable as they are today. Our leaders claim to be well educated so do the math. The unions and our public leaders have to sit down together and put a moratorium on wages and pensions to stop the growth. We can never solve these crises at the present rate of growth. Put our state and country first.

I know that I have been naive for more than 40 years as many other taxpayers have.

James E. Saffel Sr.

Mascoutah

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