Letters to the Editor: Sept. 26, 2012

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School board issues

Tony Harover’s article in The Sentinel-News’s Forum page (“Same show, same ending,” Sept. 12) was not only hilarious but paints a vivid view into the relationships among Shelby County Board of Education’s members. I, too, attended the Aug. 23 school board “show” and witnessed the poor, yet predictable, performances of members [Sam] Hinkle and [Doug] Butler. Mr. Hinkle never sees a tax increase he doesn’t like, and Mr. Butler never fails to please Mr. Hinkle and Mr. [James] Neihof. At least Mrs. [Brenda] Jackson and Mr. [Eddie] Mathis steered off course, if only temporarily, with their foolish spectacle of voting against the tax increase before voting for it. Courageous Mr. [Allen] Phillips stood alone, once again, to cast the only serious and thoughtful vote of the night.

People of Shelby County deserve better than what is being delivered by the school board. We don’t need a board bully or a board lap dog, and we certainly don’t need board members who are too intimidated to do the right thing. We need board members who understand the SCPS budget, who are bold enough to question annual budget increases and building projects and who are strong enough to say “no” to Mr. Neihof’s eternal BIG ideas, endless teacher training, and legacy of architectural statements.

As in most bad theater there is a bright spot, the bright spot in this debacle will be on election day, November 6, 2012, when voters can follow Tony Harover’s suggestion and ” change the cast.” Karen Sams is running against Mr. Hinkle in District 2, Mr. Hinkle has been on the school board for 12 years, and in District 5 Kurt Smith is running against Mrs. Jackson, who has served 24 years on the school board and run unopposed every year since her first term.

Janet Cuthrell



Hardesty on 9/11

In response to the letter (“How did we forget 9/11?” Sept. 19), after learning that there would be no public ceremony honoring the victims of 9/11, a ceremony I have attended numerous times, I knew that Shelbyville city government must do something to honor the victims and their families. On Sept. 11, 2012, at approximately the same time that the first airliner slammed into the World Trade Center, a period of silence was observed by all city employees.

I care very deeply for all those serving in our military. Being a military veteran myself, having a father and grandfather who fought in wars, and losing friends and a close relative in Vietnam makes me very aware of the costs of defending this great country of ours.

Mayor Tom Hardesty



Friends forever

Friends are hard to come by, but not in Simpsonville! Ron, Richard and I would like to thank all of our friends for your support as we go work through this transition of Smith-McKenney closing in Simpsonville.

We have shared, not only the business of filling your prescriptions, but we have gotten to know you and your families. You have allowed us into your lives, to celebrate birthdays, becoming parents for the first time, or more. We have seen weddings and divorces, births and deaths, but in all we have felt close to you.

There are not to many places in this world where people care as much as our friends in Simpsonville.

Thank you, again. We know we will see our friends in the future.

Betty Tucker



There are lots of taxes

This letter is to inform some of you of the higher taxes you will encounter when the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) goes into effect. Let me begin by saying that the Supreme Court has deemed AHCA as a tax. Here are some other taxes included in AHCA:

  • Individual mandate excise tax.
  • Employer mandate tax.
  • Surtax on investment income (3.8%).
  • Excise tax on comprehensive health insurance plans.
  • Hike in Medicare payroll tax.
  • Medicine cabinet tax. Cannot use pre-tax money to buy over-the-counter medicine.
  • Health savings account withdrawal tax hikes.
  • Tax on medical device manufacturers.
  • Raise "haircut" for medical itemized deduction from 7.5% to 10% of adjusted gross income.
  • Elimination of tax deduction for employer-provided retirement prescription drug coverage in coordination with Medicare Part D.
  • Blue cross/blue shield tax hike.
  • Excise tax on charitable hospitals.
  • Tax on health insurers.
  • $500,000 annual executive compensation limit for health insurance executives.
  • Employer reporting of insurance on W-2.
  • "Black liquor" tax hike, tax on some biop-fuels.
  • Codification of the “economic substance doctrine."  disallowing legal tax deductions.
  • Tax on indoor tanning services (10%).
  • Flexible spending account cap, a.k.a. Special needs kids tax.

This is an example of what to expect if President Obama is reelected. AHCA (Obamacare) will be repealed if Mitt Romney is elected. The choice is yours.

Roy Smith