Blame NYS taxes on NY, not Trump
Glen Head, L.I.: Voicer Libby Gurgis complains how the loss of the SALT deduction in the new tax law was hurting residents of New York. That may be true. However, under the old tax laws, the taxpayers in the lower tax states have been paying a higher rate of federal income tax than residents of New York. In effect, they were subsidizing residents of high tax states.
Here’s a simple example: Two families of four, one living in Florida, the other on Long Island. Income for both is $150,000. Both families own their homes. The Florida family pays $0 income tax and $3,000 property tax. The New York family pays $13,000 school and property tax and approximately $8,000 in state income tax. Assuming both families have the same miscellaneous deductions, at tax time the Florida family is paying federal income tax on an additional $18,000 of income compared to the New York family. Those are the facts! That’s why taxpaying citizens are moving away from the high tax states in record numbers.
The solution to the loss of SALT deductions is not to criticize President Trump! The simple solution is to stop voting for and electing progressive liberal tax and spend politicians whose “progressive” social programs give away tax dollars to buy the votes of those who benefit from the social programs. I wonder how many of these tax-and-spend politicians will be re-elected when residents of New York see how much more money they will pay in taxes this year! Robert Kralick
Fresh Meadows: Blaming Trump’s tax cut for the big companies is the wrong approach. During Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, a lot of big companies left to merge with other companies outside America, just to save billions in U.S. taxes. If you don’t give these remaining companies tax breaks, they will leave America and pay less taxes abroad. By the way, who sent those U.S. jobs abroad? We lost billions of tax revenue and end up borrowing trillions of dollars that we cannot pay! Gerry Gozar
No historical replay, please
Brooklyn: What were you thinking, Rebecca Antinozzi (“Race-rage lesson,” March 9)? You wanted to re-enact a historical event? A slave auction is not a piece of history that should be re-enacted! It’s difficult enough to read about slavery. You completely disrespected all of your students and their parents. What historical event would you like to re-enact next? The Holocaust? Pearl Harbor? The JFK assassination? 9/11? We all have a history about our lives. How about we let you re-enact the worst thing that ever happened in your life. Shame on you and shame on the school you work at for allowing you to teach there. Mary Ann Del Borrello
Manhattan: Regarding the recent articles about the early lunch times some students have to endure, I feel compelled to add my opinion as a mom, a nurse, and as a city resident: If there is not enough lunchroom space to accommodate all of the students, place lunches on carts and bring lunch to classrooms. There must be many choices that can be carted around easily, such as sandwiches, pizza slices, fruit and milk. I wonder why no one thought of this before. To force a child to eat “lunch” at breakfast time, then go without nourishment for so many hours is not only unhealthy but also counter-productive. Hungry kids are less able to concentrate on the lessons at hand, thus resulting in boredom and sometimes unruly behavior. I sincerely hope the schools in question can make this happen. Barbara Goldberg
Trump’s housing catastrophe
Fair Lawn, N.J.: In response to your recent coverage of the Trump administration’s 2020 budget proposal, I am dismayed that the President is once again calling for cuts to housing assistance. America is in a housing crisis. A person earning the prevailing minimum wage cannot afford a modest two-bedroom apartment anywhere in America. However, only 1 in 4 eligible households can get housing assistance because of inadequate funding. It is unconscionable that President Trump would propose to put more families at risk of homelessness by cutting housing assistance in his budget. Everyone deserves a roof over their head. Safe, stable housing has a positive impact on job performance and children in these environments are healthier, happier, and do better in school. I call on our senators and representatives in Washington to reject Trump’s reckless budget cuts and instead increase investments in housing assistance programs.
Don is like Dick
Floral Park, L.I. When anyone listens to the Judiciary Committee questions to the CIA director or any other high officials in the Trump administration, it’s very clear that President Trump obstructed justice in so many ways like Richard Nixon did when he was the President. Mountains of evidence clearly showed up in Michael Cohen testimony in the House Judiciary Committee hearings — both public and private testimony. So what more evidence do we need for the new attorney general to plainly tell the President: You obstructed the justice. All the millions of lies to cover up the truth, may not be enough as an obstruction of justice case is built against this President. Mathai Easow
Manhattan: No wonder New York yellow cabs are struggling. At 9:52 p.m. Saturday night, my wife and I took a taxi across Central Park, from Fifth Ave. to Broadway, via 66th St. For this five-minute trip, here’s what was on the receipt: “RATE 1: $4.50/EXTRA $0.50/CNGSCH: $2.50/STSRCH: $0.50/IMSRCH: $0.30.” Before tip, that’s $8.30 for a $4.50 cab ride. Never again! Paul Backalenick
Wallington, N.J.: To all you idiots who believe in this hoax about global warming, I’m just curious: Do you still believe in the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy? I remember as a kid growing up, it was global cooling, then when that didn’t work, it was called global warming. Now since you idiots can’t make your mind hot or cold, you call it climate change. The Earth is simply recycling Itself, just like it did during the Ice Age. Mark Koptyra
Staten Island: The article “Vigils for pigs” (March 11) was a heartbreaking reality. More people should see the reality of this cruelty. I read a book called “The Pig That Sang To The Moon,” about factory farming and could never bring myself to consume meat again. Ellen Settanni