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May 6, 2013
Salem News

Retired citizens already paid enough tax

To the editor:

My wife and I are retired - yet we are paying income tax to the United Schools on our pensions/Social Security.

Our real estate tax to United Schools is over $600 per year. They get the largest portion of our real estate taxes now.

We believe we are already paying more than our "fair" share.

Our children and grandchildren have never attended United Schools. We believe in education but this new levy (tax) will increase our taxes too much. It is nearly double the old levy.

We would appreciate the abolishment of the income tax on our pensions and Social Security. It isn't fair to retired citizens who have already paid during their working years.



Reacts to comments regarding park's Civic Band Shell

To the editor:

Memorial Park's Civic Band Shell was the longtime dream of Howard O. "Doc") Pardee. His neighbor and friend (designer/builder) Earl Orashan - with the help of many others - made the dream come true. "Doc" had the inspiration. Earl, "Doc," and a host of volunteer and paid workers provided the perspiration. Money came from a variety of sources. This letter's author worked on and chronicled the project. Fast forward.

The band shell rightly should have been named Pardee-Orashan or Orashan-Pardee (top billing/pecking order aside). But "Doc's" humbleness, kindness, appreciation and generosity insisted on spotlighting Orashan alone. So - leave the current name as is. Or add Pardee for historical accuracy and fairness. And - safely - place an appropriate, high quality plaque honoring the outstanding work of a well-deserving Jack Yarnell.

Otherwise, until you know the rich, complex, intricate, complete details and history of the Band Shell Project in the early 70's - make no uninformed, hasty public comments.





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