Letters to the Editor

July 16, 2014

With taxes, we can never own

I had a conversation with Dave Cueto from U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart's office in Belleville regarding the legality of property tax per the U.S. Constitution. He was very testy, insisting the tax was legal under the Constitution.

I doubt that. I am not a lawyer, but I know the first people to reach these shores and establish the Constitution came here to get away from kings who forced people to pay tribute to a king who claimed ownership of all property.

Cueto said "no one owns property in this country." This is our congressman's man saying what we as mortgage payers eventually realize when we have our property confiscated by the overlords of the county. Even if you paid for it and built it with your own hands, you do not own it.

If Cueto is right and there is evidence that the Constitution says it is legal, which I doubt, the only possibility of who would conceive such a tax is a criminal mind bent on establishment of a Mafia-style government.

I understand that after you reach 62 years of age in Louisiana, you are not subject to any property tax. Whether the Constitution makes it legal or no,t this is the right way to treat citizens and Illinois tax addicts are dead wrong.

Richard L. Shelton

Fairview Heights

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