Dec. 6, 2012: Our readers write

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Tax panel should look elsewhere

The officers of Chapter 1050 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees met Dec. 3 and the issue which attracted the greatest attention was raised by a letter from Jack Hermann which appeared on the editorial page of the Sunday, Dec. 2, edition of The News-Enterprise.

Evidently the Kentucky Blue Ribbon Panel on Tax Reform is considering changing the tax code to eliminate exemptions on pensions of $41,000 or less. As Mr. Hermann stated, “It is a drastic change in the tax exemption of more than 60 percent for retirees.”

Consideration should be given to studying the economic impact of such a change. Many retiring workers study tax codes prior to selecting the area where they pan to retire. This is particularly true in the Hardin County region in which a significant number of retirees live. Future retirees and maybe even present retirees might decide to move to a state with a more favorable tax code.

I was directed to draft a letter to send to our local state representatives asking that they do whatever they can to see that such a change does not occur. Our members hope other organizations in our area that represent retirees follow our example and let our representatives understand the level of concern raised by this issue.

Mary Tom Haun
NARFE President-elect


Tootsie success

The Elizabethtown Knights of Columbus Council 1455 would like to thank all those who had a part in making our 35th Tootsie Roll Drive on Oct. 20-21 a success – the residents of our community who made individual donations, our council members and families, as well as volunteers from ARHHC Inc. who worked three-hour shifts covering the collection sites. 

We especially want to thank the locations who allowed us to be there both days – both Kroger stores, Wal-Mart and PriceLess Foods. Our collection of more than $7,300 was up compared to the last several years. We have no expenses except for the cost of candy. This allows us to disperse more money for local agency program services for those with intellectual disabilities. 

Jim Skees
Chairman, Tootsie Roll Sale