Tax bill benefits
rich, not poor
House Bill 1189, the Optional Property Tax Elimination Act (OPTEA), which was developed by Seth Grove, a Republican state representative from the 196th District, benefits the rich at the expense of the poor and working-class in Pennsylvania.
That bill would allow school districts to swap their property taxes for an earned income tax on the wages of workers and a business privilege tax and/or a mercantile tax.
Both of those taxes are similar to a regressive sales tax that penalizes the poor.
House Bill 1189 would NOT tax income derived from capital gains, dividends and interest that are primarily the exclusive domain of the wealthy who would dearly love to have school property taxes on their estates and mansions lowered.
Again, House Bill 1189 would benefit the wealthy, but for the poor and working class in Pennsylvania, it would be a bad joke.
David L. Faust
W-B Rosary rally
set for Sunday
The Knights of Columbus, combined Councils of the Wyoming Valley, will host their 37th annual Rosary Rally, this Sunday, September 29, 2013.
The Rosary Rally will be at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, (St. Mary’s Church) 134 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. The religious and laity alike are invited to partake in this prayerful event.
A Rosary Procession, with the Pilgrim Virgin Fatima Statue, will begin at 2 pm from Holy Redeemer High School, 159 S. Pennsylvania Blvd., Wilkes-Barre.
The faithful will continue in procession, praying the rosary, over East South Street, up South Main Street to Public Square, continuing over East Market Street, and down South Washington Street to St. Mary’s Church.
Those who will not be in the procession are invited to go directly to the church by 3 p.m.
Marion devotions will take place in the church at 3 p.m., followed by Holy Mass at 3:20 p.m.
Following Mass, refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall.
Knights of Columbus Rosary Rally Chairperson