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Dear Editor,

After reading Ross Talbott’s letter in the Oct. 8 edition, I had to respond. As current president of the Kathryn Senor Elementary Parent Teacher Accountability Committee (PTAC), I take exception to the implication that local schools no longer have active parent groups.

I conducted an informal survey of the schools in the district, and all reported having not only an organized parent group, but also numerous individual parent volunteers who help out weekly in their children’s classrooms.



Parents are welcome in these schools. Their presence tells kids that they value education, and the assistance they provide teachers is immeasurable. Also, the parent groups are welcome to discuss school policies and make requests of and recommendations to their schools’ administrators.

For example, at Kathryn Senor we have an ongoing safety concern regarding the morning arrival of students, either by car in the drop-off area or on foot (or bicycle, etc.).



After a recent near-accident between a car and a walker, several parents initiated a discussion at the following PTAC meeting about how to solve the problem. One parent offered to coordinate volunteers to work as crossing guards at the two most dangerous intersections. The plan was discussed, agreed upon and implemented by the Kathryn Senor PTAC.

Parents do have a voice in their schools and in their school district. As a parent, I support the mill levy override. I encourage you to vote yes on 3B.

Shelly Hemig

New Castle

Dear Editor,

Our son graduated from Rifle High School last spring. He called the other night from the U.S. Naval Academy to inform us of how he was doing academically at the end of his first six-week term there. He’s on a dean’s list track.

His father asked him if he felt his academic preparation at Rifle is translating to academic success for him at the academy. He replied with an emphatic yes. He said the transition was seamless.

Teaching can be a thankless job at times. Re-2’s faculty deserve all the support we can give them. They do an excellent job in our eyes. Vote yes on the district’s mill levy override so they can enhance their already excellent work for the greater benefit of their students.

Sincerely,

Dave and Toni Black

New Castle

Dear Editor,

Would that you could have followed the example of the Aspen Daily News.

Instead, you deem it necessary to recount an alleged sexual act, in graphic detail, at the top of your front page. You produce a little paper in a small town that will, we hope, be read by young people. I thought you were better than this.

Patrick Hunter

Carbondale

Dear Editor,

I have a question. Is the Post Independent a local newspaper (with emphasis on the news) or is it now becoming a tabloid?

Please explain to me how you chose to run the lead article in the Oct. 16 paper!

I spend time with youth in this community through my church and they were the first people I thought of after noticing some of the detail you chose to print on the front page. They can’t be protected from these kind of articles, but they are bombarded enough without our very own local paper printing sexual assault testimony front and center!

This trial in Eagle County may be news to some and for those who want to read it, put these sordid details elsewhere in the paper.

I believe I live in a community where families, children and moral values are more important than an NBA player.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Wendy Moffatt

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

In a letter published Oct. 6, Bob Anderson states that less than $4 of every $100 paid in taxes is paid by someone in the bottom 50 percent of wage earners. That might be true for federal income taxes, but certainly is not true for all taxes.

Social Security taxes are 6.2 percent of wages and matched by another 6.2 percent by employers. This matching portion is essentially another tax on the employee. Medicare taxes add another 2.9 percent. Already, the bottom 50 percent of wage earners pay 15 percent percent taxes on their wages. These are regressive taxes: those who earn more than $87,000 will pay no taxes on the portion above $87,000. Many of the rich have income that is not wages, and pay no Social Security taxes on those earnings.

The bottom 50 percent of wage earners need to spend all their money, and sales and gasoline taxes take another 6 percent of their wages. They also pay real estate taxes (even if they rent, landlords pass these on). So without paying federal income taxes, they are in the 20-25 percent tax bracket. Compare this with the top 10 percent of income earners whose income is not wages and often is sheltered from taxes.

Regardless of your tax bracket, the huge deficit caused by tax cuts is a shift of wealth. The current taxpayers are shifting tax payments to future taxpayers. Future taxpayers will be paying taxes to the wealthy who can afford the bonds sold to cover the debt.

Sincerely,

Gerry Terwilliger

Basalt


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