The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

January 15, 2012

Letters to the Editor 1/15/12

The News Courier encourages letters to the editor. Submissions should be no more than 400 words and should include a name, address and telephone number for verification. Submissions that do not meet requirements are subject to editing. Send letters by noon on Thursdays to P.O. Box 670, Athens, AL 35613, or email to

Pay all the taxes you want

Dear Editor:

This is for my unctuous, pompous, condescending liberal friends who say that income taxes aren’t high enough — Warren Buffet for example.  If you truly feel this way, come next April 15 give Uncle Sam a tip and send in as much as you like over what you owe.

Eighteen percent sounds like a good number.  I’m sure the government would be glad to get the money and would allow you to write off the excess as a contribution to a nonprofit agency. Note use of the word agency as opposed to organization.

I’d be willing to place a rather large wager that the overwhelming majority of those who say they want everyone’s taxes to be higher really mean that they want everyone else’s taxes to be higher. Margaret Thatcher hit the nail on the head when she said, “The trouble with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.”


John D. Marlin, III


Support the library

Dear Editor:

As we enter primary season I am asking every candidate three questions:

1. Do you support new jobs in Limestone County?

2.  We know we lost the VW plant to Chattanooga because they had a new public library. What are you going to do to support our new library project? 

3. Have you personally given to the library foundation?

I do not care if you are running for the County Commission, City Council, or to be probate judge. If you do not support the new public library project you do not support new businesses locating here. New industry means a stronger tax base for the community. A new library will attract businesses, residents, and be a gateway of education/culture into our downtown area. 

If you do not support the new public library you will not receive my vote.

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