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Letters to the editor

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 12:01 am

Good to see Council addressing abatements

I am glad to see the City Council is finally addressing the loose standards for granting tax abatements to businesses.

In the past, many of these tax incentives for businesses to create jobs have either produced very few or no jobs at all. Far too often businesses use this as nothing more than a tax loophole, leaving residents to make up the difference with higher taxes. The promise of high-earning salaries can have quite a different meaning between the employee and the employer.

The most recent tax abatement request is from Tim Pape, a former City Council person and a managing partner at the law firm Carson Boxberger. If Carson Boxberger is doing so well that they need to expand, they obviously will need to add jobs anyway. So why should they get a tax abatement for it?

This practice needs to be stopped completely. The United States having the highest corporate tax rate in the world is making a hardship on businesses, and I understand that. However, passing this off to someone else does not alleviate the problem. It only creates an extra tax burden, and it invites business fraud.

Expansion for a business should be done with a clear, concise, financially sound plan. If they need tax abatements to do this, they should be re-thinking their business plan.

Laura J. Smyser

FWCS board member thanks supporters

I want to thank those who supported my candidacy for the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of Trustees.

I am thrilled to have been elected for a second term; it is an honor to serve on this board that continues to face the critical issues to reach our district’s goals of educational excellence for our students.

My appreciation goes out to: my early encouragers, including my husband Frank and our family; Beth Heironimus and her design talents on brochures and signs; generous donors who believe in the current direction of FWCS; everyone who graciously put out yard signs; all the people who listened as we knocked on doors to spread our message; Sydni Kinchen, who walked her neighborhood with me; Karen Goldner, who edited my Facebook page; Alan McMahon, who endorsed me in our mailer; and the Journal Gazette and News-Sentinel’s editorial staffs for their endorsements.

I want to assure all taxpayers and parents of the FWCS district that I approach this nonpartisan position without regard to political party affiliation. Students are not assigned classroom seats based upon their political preference or that of their parents.

What I want is for all students to receive the best possible education and to provide that education at a reasonable cost to our taxpayers.

Becky Hill, Fort Wayne Community Schools District 3 representative

America, bless God

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Now is the time for parents, children, grandparents and leaders of our country to pray and seek God’s direction. Read God’s Holy Word:

From Jeremiah 22, “O land, land, land, hear the word of the Lord.” And Isaiah 45 says, “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other.”

1 John 2:17: “The world and all its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”

Psalm 2:12: “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”

America, bless God. Trust him as your savior, your only hope, our salvation!

Lois Swihart

Ossian