Reform would increase taxes for NJ itemizers

I can’t see how New Jerseyans as a whole could support the proposed federal GOP tax reform plan. Of course, it would raise the standard deduction amount but this would be offset by the elimination of the exemptions amount.

Over 40 percent of New Jerseyans itemize their deductions on their tax returns. With the elimination of many deductions such as medical expenses, state and local income taxes, property taxes, teacher expenses, college student interest, etc., many New Jerseyans would be facing a significant tax increase, not a tax cut.

Any New Jersey elected official who supports this tax plan is not representing New Jerseyans as a whole. Over 1.8 million New Jerseyans who itemize their deductions should voice their concerns. This would be bad for seniors and middle class New Jerseyans.

Gregg Semanick

Little Egg Harbor Township

Casino visit too pricey

I read an article regarding the new governor and the Democrats revitalizing Atlantic City. Atlantic City’s downward spiral has nothing to do with Republicans or Democrats. Atlantic City caused its own problems.

A couple of months ago, I received a promotion to stay at one of the casinos for $29 per night. After arriving, it was $20 to park, and upon checking in for the $29 room, I was hit with state tax and resort tax, bringing the room to $68 plus change. I then went to one of the beach bars for a beer, $8 each plus a $4 tip. That’s a grand total of $108 before I even ate or gambled.

At this rate they are pricing themselves out of the market. I won’t be rushing back anytime soon.

Roy Lucadema

Cape May Court House

Admires Kaepernick

The great manipulator, Donald Trump, has turned Colin Kaepernick’s taking a knee into a protest against America, its flag and its veterans. Kaepernick took a knee to protest police brutality against black men. If people choose to believe Trump, that’s up to each individual. Perhaps it’s just racism rearing its ugly head again. Trump isn’t a veteran.

If people are sickened by the NFL players protesting, they don’t have to watch; start watching the game after the anthem, don’t sit there fuming in the comfort of your TV room.

I admire Kaepernick, who is a great quarterback and sacrificed his career for protesting a situation he clearly thinks is wrong.

Jody Vaughn

Beesley’s Point