School taxes neglected
Every candidate has something to say about how they will reduce property taxes. The funny thing is that not one of them has said they are going to get to the real heart of how to reduce tax bills.
Everyone knows or should know that the reason they are so high is because of school taxes. In most tax bills, 60 percent of it is made up of school taxes. Has any candidate said they are going to challenge the schools on ways to reduce their taxes? The answer is no. Nothing is said about that.
Unless they are going to confront the schools about this amount (listen up, N.J. Education Association), taxes aren’t going anywhere but up. Neither county or local taxes are what’s causing high property taxes (they account for the other 40 percent), it’s the school taxes. Cut them in half and it would be affordable to live here.
Seems that is the sacred cow no one wants to confront. Politicians haven’t lowered school taxes in 40 years or longer, so don’t count on them going down anytime soon.
Immigrants welcome but should play by the rules
I agree with the letter writer who said that immigrants should be welcomed to this wonderful county, but they must be legal. My father was a German immigrant who came over with his family, dirt poor, when he was in sixth grade. It took him until the age of 21 to get his Americanization papers.
My father didn’t speak much German in our home because he said that he didn’t want his children to grow up and be given a hard time for being “children of an immigrant.” Which would mean even back then immigrants were not treated especially kindly, so it couldn’t have been easy for him. As an adult he still spoke with an accent but he embraced the American way, making his living as a real estate broker.
My father worked hard, played by the American rules, became an American citizen, and thrived. It can be done. Come to America, the land of opportunity. But play by the rules to get here.
Carol Meyer McGuire
Excess donation requests
I absolutely have had enough with the coin drops seemingly every weekend in Egg Harbor Township. Years ago it was reserved for volunteer firefighters, EMTs and the like. The hard-working citizens of the township who grind it out each day should not have to be subjected to this constant form of panhandling.
When local groups are having a car wash or a plant sale, I try to participate as they are providing a good or service.
What bugs me the most are all the youth travel teams with their parents begging for money — and that’s what it is. The only difference between them and the guy with the sign at the traffic light near the Ben Franklin Bridge is at the end of the day they drive high-end cars home and count the coins on their granite countertops.