Tax increases too large, unfair
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I am a 75-year-old senior citizen and military veteran living on a fixed income.
Being an American citizen, I am very much in favor of fair taxation. However, I would like to report what is un-American, unfair and pitiful assessment of real estate taxes.
I have sent letters to the Kanawha County Assessor and Kanawha County commissioners. The answer is always "there is nothing that I can do." Later I was informed by a reliable source in South Charleston that the increase is due to water supply problems in the expensive Rockcrest Pointe Addition. The developer should bear this expense, not established homeowners, who already are paying their fair share.
My real estate tax was $1,568 in 2011, $1,850 in 2012 and $2,537 in 2013. I do not question the county's right to tax fairly, but an increase of $1,000 in two years? Why wasn't I informed in a timely manner to allow time to save for the enormous increase?
I am still in shock. The politicians are very insensitive to problems faced by seniors. They are interested in their own agenda. They are not always held accountable for their actions.
Politicians must deal with climate change
I've listened to Congressman David McKinley saying that it's no use even trying to do anything about climate change because China and India will keep polluting the air with carbon anyway. I'd like to say to him that there is a way to make China and India clean up their act. Just put a good old-fashioned high tariff on all the junk they make over there to sell here. That of course will take political courage and too many in Congress are afraid of the corporations that profit from this so-called free trade. Another good reason to get corporate money out of our political system.
There are always plenty of loud voices that are well-paid to keep saying that climate change is no big deal or not man-made. I sure wish I could believe them but the facts say otherwise. Climate change is very real and very, very scary, and now is the time for both parties to come to a consensus and to take action. There's no reason why conservatives shouldn't be just as concerned. All of our grandchildren will have to live on this same planet.
Jay's realistic views show respect