Kill the exemptions and this just may work Aug. 24, C.T. Bowen column
Fair Tax returns control to people
A 23 percent tax on a new product that costs $100 is $123 total. The spin some people put on the Fair Tax is to reverse the process. They say a $130 item minus a 30 percent tax will be $100.
That's like the math whereby you take 10 percent off a $100 price and it becomes a cost of $90. Now add the 10 percent back and the cost is $99.
As far as a tax on new to used homes goes, the price on a new home will stabilize and be competitive with a used home, or it won't sell until the market adjusts. Prices in general should come down because the Fair Tax empowers people to control their spending and saving habits. There will be no tax on savings.
The Fair Tax could fund Social Security and Medicare too.
That's the beauty of the Fair Tax. The people will dictate how much our government will spend; politicians will not have the ease to waste tax money.
The reason most politicians and lobbyists do not support the fair tax is the loss of power. It certainly can't be that the IRS is efficient. Read the Fair Tax books.
Bob Baeza. Brooksville
Criticism of great coach is pathetic
I just recently read an article about what a marketing teacher, also one of my former coaches, did over his summer.
He devoted most of his summer to work at athletic camps to help students get ready for upcoming sports during their school year, which could end up getting them a scholarship to a great college. He was also helping to raise money for the middle school athletic program.
However, one woman decided to send the newspaper a letter stating how middle-schoolers do not need marketing as a class. Let me remind you that this class is not a required class such as math or language arts, it is student choice. They offer it for students to pick if it is something they believe they will need for their futures.
The entire article on this man was about how he spent his summer helping students out, yet someone needs to find something to say against his teaching career. I do think that is rather pathetic because he is an excellent teacher, as well as a great coach.
Megan Giordano, New Port Richey
Hudson traffic light called hazard
The traffic light at U.S. 19 and New York Avenue in Hudson is a hazard. When the light turns green for the east-west traffic, it immediately goes back to yellow. Only one car can go through.
If you need to make a left turn onto U.S. 19 south and there is through traffic from the opposite direction, you are stuck in the middle when the light turns red.
Needless to say, everyone is in a hurry and the horns commence blowing.
I wonder how many accidents have to occur before something is done to correct the situation.
John D'Alusio, Hudson
Kudos, farewell to Times reviewer
Farewell, Barbara Fredricksen, and may your Act II have all curtains up.
It's been fun and enlightening all these years reading your reviews. While a negative review (and there have been precious few of those) would not have stopped my seeing a particular production, it was always grand to see how often we agreed.
I've also gotten a kick out of reading your personal bits about your son and daughter-in-law and your puss Bustopher Jones II. I especially enjoyed the inside joke of knowing whence that name came.
Stay well; the future calls downstage.
Randi T. Rosmarin, Spring Hill
Reporter praised for article on Atria
I would just like to express how wonderful Erin Sullivan is. She is a very thorough journalist. Her writing is very eloquent.
She is a very sincere journalist and she expresses her compassion for her job. She shows a great interest in the subjects that she is interviewing.
The article that she just did on our community (Atria Evergreen Woods) was just fantastic!
I was honored with a phone call, from our corporate office, regarding the article.
Atria has over 120 communities across the country, and they are using my interview as an example to all the Atria communities via a nationwide conference call, which they asked me to speak! I am beyond flattered.
Thank you for allowing Erin to publish that article. It means a great deal to the residents she interviewed, to me and, of course, to my mom !
Suzanne Dallefeld, Hudson