For many years I have complained about my government’s lack of concern for the present and future of struggling people and the planet. I have withheld one hundred dollars from my properly-calculated tax payment as a protest, and sent that money to an organization that distributed collected funds to organizations helping people in need and causes worth supporting. Every year there has been good reason to do it, and every year I have felt good about doing it. My only hesitation has been at withholding only $100, but I do believe in taxation, I do support much of what my government does.
The election of Donald Trump makes my concern about my government more troubling than ever. Never before in my sixty years has my government been so callous about the “tired, your poor, the hungry, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Trump has only been in office less than three months and already the misery is spreading like a cancer, and it shows no sign of abating.
I can not do less than I have before, I must do more. As in the past I have prepared my tax return as carefully as I can. This year I am withholding two hundred dollars of my calculated payment. I am not keeping this money, I am sending it to Haymarket People’s Fund in Boston to do what the government should be doing - supporting society.
Ironically, a president who believes so strongly in privatization should thank me for such forward thinking on my part. I am not asking government to fund programs, I am supporting private efforts, and I am supporting reduction of taxation. If all people did as I am doing the government could do less, as it wants, and private agencies could do more, as government wants. This is not what I want, mind you, I want government to do its job, and am in fact willing to pay a fair share for the work and investments. But I thought it worth mentioning that what I am doing is in fact consistent with Trump’s expressed policies.
To the Editors:
Re: Sultana Khan article March 30
Sultana, Keep up the good work. Your insightful and observant reporting is refreshing to see in this ultra-left house "organ". Mush-minded liberals and right wing wackos are blinded by doctrine. Observed reality is enlightening.
To the Editors:
Many of the same proposed Sunday hunting bills come up every year with only a change in the LD (legislative document) number and a slight change in the title. The basic concept of the bill remains the same with the usual focus of allowing Sunday hunting of wildlife as evidenced by the following bills:
LD61: An Act to Allow Bird Hunting on Sundays by Licensed Hunters Using a Shotgun; LD 189: An Act to Allow Bird Hunting on Sunday in Aroostook County and Unorganized Townships in Western Maine; and LD109: An Act to Allow Sunday Hunting by Landowners and Those with Landowners’ Permission. These are just a few of the Sunday Hunting bills currently being considered by the 128th Session of the Maine Legislature. Described by some as getting a foot in the door, these Sunday hunting bills are scheduled for a public hearing this Thursday, April 6, at the Cross State Office Building, Rm. 206 at the State House in Augusta, ME. Opponents of these Sunday hunting bills point out that while some states allow hunting on Sunday, not all states allow silencers on guns for hunters.
Last year, in the 127th Session of the Legislature, LD942: An Act To Permit the Use of Firearm Noise Suppression Devices in Hunting and To Provide for a Chief Law Enforcement Officer’s Certification for Certain Firearms, sponsored by Sen. Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin), was approved by the legislature. Included in the bill is a provision that “until August 1, 2018, this bill allows a person to use a noise suppression device while hunting, as long as the person has lawful possession of the device and has not had a hunting license revoked as a result of a serious hunting violation.”
At the time, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife was opposed to the bill and expressed concern about the potential for increased difficulty in apprehending poachers with silencers. We need to address this issue of whether or not we are going to continue to allow silencers on guns because Sunday is the one day of the week during hunting season when a citizen can go hiking in the woods with a dog and members of the family without having to worry that someone may be hunting within a short distance with no warning because of shots not being clearly heard. Lastly, let’s give the animals and the game wardens in this state one day a week to rest.