Letters to the editor, April 26
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Updated: May 28, 2013 5:46PM
Lake County tax will just mean more money wasted
Is the Lake County tax going to follow Constitutional guidelines of “apportioned”? (Article 1, Section 2 and Article 1, Section 8 and Article 1, Section 9.) The people of Lake County have already spoken or have the politicians forgotten that the people already voted on this issue? If the county cannot balance the budget, let it shut down. They can’t let that happen though, because then the people would see that we really don’t need them.
I can pay off my house and my land, but if I don’t pay my property tax, the government takes my house and my land. That makes us all serfs. This is one of the reasons we left England in the first place. It is history repeating itself and now they want my hard earned labor to boot.
The county has already shown that it cannot balance its finances. If we give the county more money they will just squander that away also and then ask for more money.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret, which you already know. We don’t need to feed the “human farmers” any longer. No county income tax!
We should only follow the laws that treat others fairly
I am writing in response to the letter from Guy Miller that suggests we follow the laws of God with regards to gay marriage. Until someone can prove “beyond all reasonable doubt” that God exists and that writings attributed to God are not the writings of men that lived thousands of years ago, the only laws we should follow are the laws our current, modern minds determine to be just and fair.
The Founding Fathers wrote our Constitution to protect the rights of the minority from the excesses of the majority. The Founders also wrote the constitution to provide us with the means to correct prejudices that we deemed no longer reasonable or fair. There are shining examples throughout our history when we negated unjust laws and created new laws of justice propelled by human enlightenment; the end of slavery, Woman’s Suffrage and the Civil Rights movement to name three.
The Constitution provides for religious freedom; the Founders saw this as sacrosanct. Future generations will see as silly superstitions some of the beliefs that current religions hold sacred today, just as many of us, including Christians, view ancient long-dead religions and their laws today. That we attempted to make laws based on those religious beliefs will seem ludicrous. Thankfully, as we evolved and learned about the world around us, our old ideas evolved; the rejection of the belief of whites’ superiority over other races is one obvious example. This leaves us but one alternative; Examine what we know today; apply the compassion of love for one another; and do what is just for all humans, including our LGBT brothers and sisters. The arc of the Moral Universe is indeed long but it must bend towards justice.