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Here’s the solution:

Abolish property tax

Many readers may remember the challenge that was made to the reassessment in Luzerne County. I was the plaintiff in the case and the only remaining taxpayer with appropriate legal standing to do so. Although I was the major financial contributor, I had outstanding help from the community at large and many of the tax advocate voices in the county, including Attorney Stefanie Salavantis who has gone on to become our District Attorney.

The strategy was two-fold. The first was to advance the litigation to file a Motion of Summary Judgment and ask for a favorable decision without a costly jury trial. The financial burdens of a jury trial could not be met as the county delayed at every opportunity to drive this issue out of the public view. A judge rejected our motion.

Secondly, and equally as important, was to bring attention to the PA Tax Independence Act, which would abolish much of the property tax system in favor of a consumption tax.

Recently, there has been much discussion regarding assessed values as the disparities between assessed and market values. This issue has been a constant reminder of unfairness since the debacle of reassessment.

Taxpayers of Luzerne County, the answer is simple. We must abolish this outdated and archaic property tax method of funding governments and require our legislators to be accountable and pass the Tax Independence Act. By doing so, a consumption tax on certain goods would remove the unfairness of property taxes. I have continued to advocate that hard working individuals that saved money to provide a home for their families should not have to be burdened with shouldering the load for everyone. It is unfair, unjust and has gone on far too long.

I encourage everyone to call, write or email all the State Legislators throughout Pennsylvania as well as your Luzerne County Council members. I implore each Luzerne County Council member to sign and submit a resolution to our state elected officials which calls for the immediate passage of the PA Tax Independence Act on behalf of us; the property tax payers and voters of Luzerne County.

Dr. Vic Kopko

Hanover Township

It’s equality for all,

says letter writer

Letter writers such as Ernest Schuldaski just don’t get it.

What does equality actually mean? What type of governmental system do we live in in the United States? Here’s a lesson: first, equality for all means everybody, whether you like it or not, everyone. All “men” are created equal.

The country you say you love and are worried about is not a strict, majority-rule-winner-takes-all society. We are a constitutional Republic. Meaning we look to the Constitution to make the rule of law. In fact, our Constitution is set up to protect the minority from the majority. You should know this.

We do not vote on civil rights, had we in the 1960’s there would be no civil rights for African Americans. The majority of Americans were against it. “Loving vs Virginia” wouldn’t have happened and inter-racial couples wouldn’t be able to marry. When we voted on the civil right of women voting, it was voted down by the majority, men.

Maybe if back in the days of people immigrating from Poland, the majority would have voted “no”. What kind of country do we want to live in? I want a country where every citizen is equal. Not dogs, or animals, a la Rick Santorum. But every human, citizen of the United States of America. That’s what our Constitution says. You remember the Pledge of Allegiance: “With liberty and justice for all”. All Mr Schuldaski.

By the way sir, the Supreme Court did not overturn the unconstitutional Prop 8 voted on by the people. the top federal court of California did. Scotus sent it back without ruling. Were you paying attention?

Francis Saba


Finally, a tribute

to our coal miners

A Coal Miners Postage Stamp will be issued in August, and I say thank you to the USPS from the many sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of our beloved coal miners.

Since 1986, residents 0f Northeastern Pennsylvania have been asking the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee to honor our heroes with a simple tribute on a postage stamp, only to be turned down year after year. Our federal and state Representatives made resolutions and proclamations; Labor groups held rallies and petition drives, residents across the state also held petition drives, and elementary school students held petition drives including Mackin Elementary in Wilkes-Barre.

The coal miner stamp will be one of 12 in a group of Forever stamps which also include a ladies garment worker, steel worker and other building trades workers.

These stamps are part of the Made In America (Building a Nation) series, a long overdue tribute to the men and women who built Northeastern Pennsylvania and these United States.

Let’s show the USPS in August that this was a worthwhile investment: buy the Made In America Series and visit your local post office and mail your letter with a coal miners stamp. Help us honor our coal miners and celebrate on Labor Day, Monday, Sept.2 on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre.

I am a proud grandson of a coal miner!

Wayne Namey


Coal miner stamp

is long overdue

Would Mother Teresa want a stamp honoring her, or the 100,000 coal miners who died in this country and for this country?

I would like to thank all as well as the Conyngham United Methodist church for its support in this campaign, the WSJ and the New York Times, unafraid to mention the fact that 100,000 dead coal miners could not get a stamp, but Mother Teresa did and delivered to a local church.

It was announced that the US Postal Service would finally issue a stamp honoring coal miners. That respect is long overdue, and if you look around at the mounds of strip mining, the deaths, living from hand to mouth, it is long overdue. There was a saying: If you’re white come in, if you’re black stay out. Today that would be a racial slur, as compared to that of coal miners who ingested coal dust from morning to night, may not have showered, and wore the black dust of their work home, and so many unable to breath died a suffering and lingering death from Black Lung, coal dust so accumulated in the lungs, you suffocated to death.

Bob Washick


Writer stands behind

race and crime views

I am going to present three facts on violent crimes. Young adults commit more violent crimes than older adults. Men commit more violent crimes than women. Blacks commit more violent crimes than whites.

I will bet that almost everyone will wholeheartedly agree with the first two facts without batting an eye, but the last fact seems to bring about false cries of “racism” and a litany of lame excuses.

How can it be perfectly OK to profile according to age and sex , but not race?

Has “political correctness” effectively stopped most people from publicly stating the obvious truth?

I stand behind my positions on racial issues because they are backed up with facts and logic. Here is a bet for the liberals and cultural Marxists who like to try to denigrate me for bringing up the truth on race and crime. If blacks can bring down their violent crime rate in proportion with their population in this country, and Detroit becomes one of the safest cities in the United States while maintaining its majority black population, I will quit being an advocate for whites.

Steve Smith


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