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LETTERS: Responses to tax bill passage; holiday safety tips

By: Gazette readers
December 25, 2017 Updated: December 25, 2017 at 6:32 am
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On the wrong side of history

The long overdue tax relief bill was just passed and will soon become law. Colorado, Sen. Michael Bennet did nothing to help and took his party's line to obstruct tax relief for the U.S. tax payer. Instead of being a part of the solution Sen. Bennet used a worn-out phrase "This is a tax cut for the wealthy, masquerading as a middle-class tax cut".

So here's a history lesson. JFK cut taxes for America and it worked. Ronald Reagen cut taxes for America and it worked. Tax cuts will work a whole lot better when the U.S. government reduces the amount of money it spends. My money is my money, and the more I keep the better off my family is.

The overpowering fear you feel is called panic. The tax cuts will succeed, and Sen. Bennet will be on the wrong side of history.

Jeff Snow

Colorado Springs

   

Loss of medical deduction for seniors

I have tried to understand section 1308 of the newly passed tax plan. For the life of me, I couldn't determine the impact on seniors. However, the title of the section is Repeal of Medical Deductions. If that is truly the case, seniors with large medical bills will be seriously damaged.

The elimination of the medical deduction provides a double impact for many senior citizens with continuously increasing medical costs.

In my wife and my case, our current 2017 "out of pocket" medical costs are over $40,000. That figure will be deducted from our 2017 taxable income. That tax relief is critical to our financial well-being.

Next year, we and many like us, in our 80s, anticipate similar or greater medical costs. Under my best understanding of the new plan, the $40,000 or more will become taxable income. The result would be twofold. Our tax bill would increase about $5,000 and potentially, the increased income would drive our tax rate into a higher bracket adding additional tax liability. This increased cost comes during a time when the Congress has failed to add control to the escalating costs of medical care.

Further, it comes when the savings yield percentages are less than those of inflation. In some cases, the deduction change will result in potential bankruptcy. My wife and I have been Republicans for most of our lives.

The poor performance of this Congress and this Tax Act has forced us into consideration of going Independent in future elections. We find it impossible to support a political party that fails to consider the plight of seniors with huge medical costs during a time when Congress has failed to act to control the ever-increasing medical costs.

Harry Hamilton

Colorado Springs

   

Promoting our great city, institutions

I understand the blue frame has been removed from the Garden of the Gods but they haven't decided where it will be placed or what to do with it. I would like to propose a new location, which public opinion might not oppose. I recommend the frame be moved to the scenic view of the Air Force Academy and Pikes Peak; east of the Air Force Academy off the South bound lane of I-25.

The label/lettering of Garden of the Gods would be replaced to read United States Air Force Academy the rest of the lettering would remain in place (#OLYMPIC CITY USA, US Air Force Academy, COLORADO SPRINGS). This would promote our great city along with these great institutions. This would get tourist/travelers to stop and take photos of our beautiful area. If this takes hold, planners would probably have to expand the parking area.

Ishmael Medina

Colorado Springs

   

Prevent the iceberg from floating

Kudos to Richard Skorman and the community for assisting with the evicted seniors of the Emerald Towers and to those who offered various services to assist with the expenses.

I also want to say, "Shame on the Apartment Management Consultants", for giving the short notice to the seniors, especially during the Christmas season. Do these people have no respect for our seniors living on a fixed income, or are they just morally stupid? You think that you are doing good for the community when all you are doing is making a bad name for you and those who rent these in the future.

As a way to prevent this "Tip Of the Iceberg" from continuing to float, I think the Colorado Springs City Council place a rule into effect that all multifamily property sales go to the council for a final stamp of approval before contracts are signed, at least to investigate the motive for the purchase.

And finally, I think that some of the TV attorneys should volunteer their time to see what, if anything, can be done with the new buyers of these buildings to make them accountable.

Paul Ziemba

Colorado Springs

   

Don't be a target for thieves

In 2016, the FBI reported nearly 1 million cases of home burglaries in the United States. Did you know Waste Management of Colorado drivers are trained to be an extra set of eyes and ears for police through our Waste Watch program?

Don't be a target for thieves this holiday season by advertising big-ticket purchases in your trash. Keep boxes from your electronics and other expensive items in the house or garage until the morning of your trash or recycling collection day. Instead of leaving them out in the open, break them down and put them loosely inside your trash or recycling cart.

On behalf of the 1,200 Waste Management employees living and serving our neighbors in Colorado, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

David Bernal

Colorado Springs

   

Good Samaritans gave assistance

Dec. 19 at approximately 10:45 a.m., I was sitting at the stop light at Nevada and Fontanero and my car died. Thank you to three kind women who pushed my car across Nevada. I appreciated your kindness and thank you from the bottom of my heart. I didn't get your names but hope you read my thank you. Merry Christmas.

Sandy Murphy

Colorado Springs

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