Letters, Jan. 5

Jan. 04, 2013 @ 05:50 PM

A wonderful place to call home

Several local congregations sacrificed their Christmas Day to bring love and happiness to Durham citizens. More than 60 volunteers fed more than 300 people a hot meal, music, gifts and hugs.

Our thanks to Keith Upchurch for his article headlined “Bringing people together” from Dec. 26, where he eloquently shared moments of gift-giving to those present.

It is humbling to know that these congregations gave of their time and energy to provide dinner, toiletry gifts, coats and love to citizens who otherwise would not have a warm place for the Christmas holiday. This collaborative effort is a collective endeavor of many but I want to publicly thank the Congregation at Duke Chapel, Chapel Hill Bible Church, Emmaus Way Fellowship, Sha’arei Shalom of Cary, and the brainchild of this endeavor, Antioch Builds Community. We are grateful for the support of the Southern High School Band for the donation of oranges and Go Reality of Durham for community support of this effort.

This was a special day full of smiles, hugs, thank yous and people encouraging one another. This was an example of neighborly love that was exhibited to all who attended and those who served in a time where the economic climate is affecting our families; our sincere thanks to all who made this day possible.

Special thanks to Pastors Tim Conder, Bruce Puckett, Jay Thomas and Rabbi Dr. Seth Klyman for providing leadership in organizing and facilitating an excellent day of service to our community.

Michael D. Page, Chairman
Antioch Builds Community Inc.

Just tax them

If President Obama were serious (and realistic) about raising more revenue through an increase in the income tax rate on large wage earners, he would instead be proposing increases in rates on people starting with earnings of about $80,000 a year. In doing so, Obama would tap into a much larger segment of wage earners and it would be the honest thing to do. But, being a clever politician, he knows he would have lost the support of too many voters last November.

There are many, many people out there who would think that $80K per year income would be very handsome.

Another thing that Obama (and others) say is that the large wage earners (more than $200,000 per year) “should pay their fair share.” In my mind, that is a complete distortion of values. Any person’s “fair share” should be based on how much that individual (or family) extracts from what our government provides to them, such as highways, judicial system, health care, defense, etc.

Having said all of the above, I will also add that I think the multimillion-dollar salaries and benefits that corporate executives award themselves are unconscionable. I don’t know what the solution is in this case except, as my son-in-law says, just tax them!

Russell L. Seaman

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