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Sentences too lenient
The highest court in the United States said this week states could only put to death child rapers convicted of death. On Page A1 of The News-Enterprise, there was a story about a man who had pleaded guilty to killing a woman and her unborn baby. He had only been sentenced to 15 years. It seems to me that killers should be put to death immediately — especially when they plead guilty, also if they are found guilty because there is no doubt that they are guilty.
Want vs. need
I would like to express my extreme disappointment in those members of the Vine Grove City Council who are in favor of imposing a 1 percent occupational tax on people who work in their city.
There is no doubt in my mind that any city has a long list of things that they would like to do if they had more money and I am sure Vine Grove is no different. However, it seems irrational to me that at a time when nearly every citizen, business and government entity in the state is having to cut back and try to make due with less money, there are people out there who think it is a good idea to take even more money out of our pockets.
Reasons that have been given both publicly and privately for this tax include building a new ballpark, repairing sidewalks and buying a new police cruiser.
It also is being justified because Radcliff and Elizabethtown both have an occupational tax and Vine Grove doesn’t. While this is true, it doesn’t make it a good idea. Radcliff and Elizabethtown have lots of things Vine Grove doesn’t have — some good and some bad. Examples include full-time fire departments, a larger number of workers, a variety of jobs and more crime.
How many times have we heard from our parents and teachers that “just because somebody else does something does not make it right?” The council members probably have even used the phrase with their children or in their classrooms a time or two.
When voting on this tax, I hope the council members consider the following: The average person already is seeing about $1,500 less from their paychecks than they were two years ago because of the rise in gas prices. That may not sound like much to the council members who mostly are well-to-do, but it means a lot to the single mom who is trying to take care of her kids while bringing home $1,500 per month.
Because of gas prices, nearly every item in the grocery store costs noticeably more, taking even more money out of our pockets. That’s why it makes no sense to me that a government which has more than $1 million in its reserve fund and a surplus this year of more than $100,000 would think it needs to steal money from workers so some sidewalks can be fixed and a ball field built.
If there was a deficit and there was no money in the reserve fund, then a new tax might be justified. However, the things the council says are needed hardly are emergencies.
I think we need to go back and review the difference between a “want” and a “need.” I would suggest that now is not the time to spend money on things we want. Instead, we should be happy that we can afford the things we need. That goes for individuals as well as city governments.
Elizabethtown Exhibit an asset
We would like to thank Kim Bland of the Hardin County Public Library for inviting cast members, singers and dancers from “Lincoln: The Untold Story” to perform in the library’s Forever Free: Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation exhibit on June 24. Kim, along with Brenda Macy, provided excellent assistance in staging the performance.
We found the exhibit to be very interesting and a worthy asset that helps the entire community to understand Lincoln’s legacy. The library is to be commended for developing the entire Lincoln program.
Don and Glenda Patterson