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Roses and thorns 9-19-10




A rose of condolence to the family and friends of Spencer Perkins, who died Friday. Roses also go out to community members for their support of the Perkins family as their son remained in the hospital for five days after a hunting accident. The Perkins family thanked "the thousands" who prayed for them, as they cope with the ordeal.  


A Facebook prayer page was started the night of the accident; it now has thousands of fans. Local churches and schools also prayed for Spencer and his family. His school, Heritage Academy, postponed many activities, to show its respects for the family''s plight. 




Roses to local teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty, spending an average of $200 a year out of their own pockets to supplement their classroom materials. As budgets get tighter, the needs of the classroom do not shrink with them. So teachers reach even more into their own wallets for supplies.  




A thorn to U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, the Democratic incumbent for Mississippi''s 1st District Congressional seat, for citing The Dispatch in his recent ad campaign against challenger Republican Alan Nunnelee.  


The Childers ad attacks Nunnelee for supporting an across-the board national sales tax, which would replace the sales tax. The attributes "Commercial Dispatch Online" as one of its sources claiming Nunnelee supports the so-called "fair tax." The Childers campaign actually excerpted an anonymous online response to a story on The Dispatch website. The story was about a Childers'' campaign stop in Columbus and made no mention of Nunnelee or taxes. 




A rose to the Columbus City Council for reinstating its previous funding allocation to the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. The library stood to lose four employees if the city went through with plans to reduce its share of library funding from $250,000 to $225,000. The city, facing a deficit itself, has made cuts nearly across the board. But cutting library funding would have meant the library losing a State Library Commission personnel grant, which contributes an average $100,000 annually. We commend the city for its prudent decision-making, protecting a valuable asset to the community.



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Reader Comments

Article Comment melody commented at 9/19/2010 12:14:00 PM:

The fair tax is fair, not just a "so called". Before judging it , how about checking it out for yourself. Don't be a prejudger like Travis.
Go to for answers to all the FAQ's as seen here.
What is taxed?
Exactly what taxes are abolished?
How does the rebate work?
Why not just exempt food and medicine from the tax? Wouldn't that be fair and simple?
Is the 23% FairTax higher or lower when compared to the income taxes people pay today?
Does the FairTax rate need to be much higher to be revenue neutral?
How is the Social Security system affected?
How does the FairTax affect Social Security reform?
Is consumption a reliable source of revenue?
How is the tax collected?
Why is the FairTax better than our current system?
Is the FairTax fair?
How does the FairTax protect low-income families and individuals and retirees on fixed incomes?
Is it fair for rich people to get the exact same FairTax rebate from the federal government as the poorest person in America?
What about senior citizens and retired people?
Are seniors taxed twice on savings, once when they saved it, and now again when the spend it?
How does the FairTax affect wages and prices?
Why not just exempt necessities from the FairTax instead of providing for a rebate?
Should the government tax services?
How does the FairTax affect income tax preparers, accountants, and many government employees?
What about the home mortgage deduction?
What will happen to charitable giving?
Will corporations get a windfall with the abolition of the corporate tax?
Does the FairTax burden the retail industry?
How are state tax systems affected, and can states adequately collect a federal sales tax?
How will the plan affect economic growth?
What economic changes come at the retail level with the FairTax?
What happens to interest rates?
What happens to the stock market, mutual funds, and retirement funds?
What happens to tax-free bonds?
How does this affect U.S. competitiveness in foreign trade?
What about border issues?
Does the FairTax improve compliance and reduce evasion when compared to the current income tax?
Can the FairTax really be passed into law?
What other significant economies use such a tax plan?
What about the flat tax? Would it be better and easier to pass?
Can Congress just simply raise the rate once the FairTax is passed into law?
Could we end up with both the FairTax and an income tax?
Is the FairTax just another conservative tax scheme? Or just another liberal tax scheme?
What assumptions have been made about government spending?
How does the FairTax affect government spending?
Why is it necessary to have a constitutional amendment?
How does the income tax affect our economy?
How will this plan affect compliance costs?
What about value-added taxes (VATs), like they have in Europe and Canada? Are they not consumption taxes?
What will we experience in the transition from the income tax to the FairTax?
I know the FairTax rate is 23 percent when compared to current income taxes. What will the rate of the sales tax be at the retail counter?
Since business purchases are not taxable, how does the FairTax keep individuals from pretending to have a business so they can buy things tax free?
Is the FairTax progressive? Do the rich pay more and the poor pay less as a percentage of their spending?
Is there any provision in the FairTax bill to prevent both an income tax and a sales tax?


Article Comment observer2 commented at 9/19/2010 4:18:00 PM:

The 5th paragraph is not right. The fairtax doesn't replace the sales tax, it replaces the fed income tax and abolishes the IRS--yipee, no more tax returns!!


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