Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007

We don’t always have a say on how our tax dollars are spent

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I don’t know enough about the issue that Larry Powers discussed to form an opinion (‘‘Be responsible, don’t keep looking to government for handouts,” July 18 letter).

However, I take issue with adults who believe themselves to be in a position to lecture other adults or dictate behavior.

Throughout my life I have heard others refer to ‘‘government handouts.” Every person I have heard use the phrase has one thing in common: they’ve never lacked for anything in their entire lives. They’ve never gone to bed hungry. They’ve never done without.

Based on the tone of his letter, one can only presume that coming up with $30,000 is not a challenge for him. Therefore, everyone else should be able to do the same, regardless of circumstance.

Perhaps Mr. Powers is of the opinion that if we don’t waste taxpayer dollars on this type of ‘‘handout” we would have more to spend on unnecessary wars that cost trillions of dollars, tax cuts for rich people and big business and the like. Tax cuts that were paid for by cuts to Medicaid, food stamps, student loans and veteran’s benefits.

The fact is that we all pay taxes and we don’t get to decide what those dollars are spent on for the most part.

If he truly is opposed to this issue, he would be better served by writing to his government representatives, as they will be the ones making the decision. I don’t think for a moment that he could possibly believe that people in Clarksburg or Boyds are going to read his letter and decide to abandon their efforts.

Glen Berkley, Wheaton