Letters to the Editor — Nov. 10, 2017

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Nov. 10, 2017

USA flag and Anthem vs Constitution

Editor:

The US Constitution is the foundation, frame, windows and roof of our country. It defines the rights of all our citizens. The US Constitution is the center of the laws of our United States of America.

When we decide to kneel or sit or raise one arm, not to pledge allegiance to the US flag or not sing when the National Anthem is sung, we honor our Constitutional rights. When we decide to stand and sing the National Anthem or pledge to the flag we honor our Constitutional rights. We are a free people and freedom is ours to maintain and embrace. No one is to be denied their constitutional rights.

The US flag and National Anthem are ornaments or symbols decorating the USA. There are no laws regarding them beyond military law that requires all members of the military to stand and salute when the US flag is presented. We civilians do not live under military law. We live under Constitutional law. We know that the US military buys advertising time at NFL games in order to recruit young men and women to join the military. Yes, a boycott of the NFL will cost the US military recruitment efforts deeply.

Liberty and justice for all is exceptionally clear. When our constitutional rights are denied to any of our citizens, it is a crime. It is our responsibility as citizens to challenge criminal actions and make it right. Those who advocate to deny any of our citizens their full rights are a danger to our country and they need to be confronted with the laws of our land. There is plenty of room within the USA for all us who sit or lean on a knee to protest as for those who stand, salute, pledge and sing.

Take a deep breath and know that we all have the same rights assured to us. Do not tear each other down. Read and respect the US Constitution as many have died to make it possible. Liberty and justice for all still sounds terrific to me.

Lloyd E. Elling

Ocean View

Reader upset with Arlett’s labor proposal

Editor:

Don’t we have enough freeloaders in this country without Councilman Arlett’s attempt to create a whole new group of deadbeats in Sussex County — those who will be able to get union benefits without paying for them.

Mr. Arlett was done a disservice by whoever gave him the ordinance he has introduced. They didn’t explain that: (1) current law prohibits anyone from being forced to join a union, and (2) current law merely provides that when a majority of employees vote to be represented by a union, all must share equally in the cost of that representation — members and non-members, alike.

This legal framework mirrors our democracy. For example, when a majority elect Mr. Arlett, all must share equally in the cost of his representation, whether they voted for him, against him, or did not vote at all. Paying one’s fair share is the American way — freeloading is not.

Mike Fanning

Bethany Beach

How the GOP tax plan hurts the middle

Editor:

The standard deduction is changed as follows:

Under the present plan, a single person receives a personal exemption of $4,050, plus a standard deduction of $6,350. That equals $10,400.

Under the new plan, a single person will lose the personal exemption and get a standard deduction of $12,000. So, under the new plan, one gets a larger deduction.

Under the present plan, a married couple with two children receives a personal exemption of $16,200, and they would also take a standard deduction of $12,700. That equals a $26,900 total deduction. If the couple had four children, their personal exemption would be $24,300, and they would take the standard deduction of $12,700, giving them a total deduction of $35,000.

Under the new plan, a married couple with two children will lose all the personal exemptions and only receive a $24,000 standard deduction — which is a net loss of $2,900. So if a couple had four children, they would lose $24,300 in personal exemptions and take the standard deduction of $24,000, with a net loss of $11,000.

Itemizing deductions regardless of income is worse:

• Loss of all personal exemptions;

• Loss of the student loan tax credit;

• Loss of medical expense deductions — nursing home, insurance premiums, dentist, etc.;

• Loss of state and local income tax deductions.

Loss of the above deductions will make it extremely difficult to itemize taxes and to deduct charitable contributions.

In summary, this is a terrible tax plan for married couples and singles. Single people, whether 18 or 86, will pay the same tax. There will be no help for the elderly or the retired.

Anthony Gough

Millsboro

Reader tackles right-to-work proposal

Editor:

Corporate and business rights are so much stronger than labor rights at this point, working people need to be organized to protect themselves against the predations of profit-seeking.

The boards of directors and shareholders of business are always looking to maximize profit, and one of the first ways to do this is to put the squeeze on labor.

Labor unions give workers a seat at the bargaining table. The power is still tilted against them, but their union gives them some leverage to make things fairer.

The so-called “right to work” laws reward the people who want the good pay and strong benefits that come from having a union without paying the dues that make the union possible. Many of us tend to want to save money now rather than invest in the future, and choose to opt out of paying the dues. Corporate executives count on people making the wrong choice and thus hollowing out unions and leaving no one to represent them at the table.

The weaker unions are, the lower wages are for everyone. A study by the Economic Policy Institute in February of 2011 found that wages for all workers were 16 percent lower in so-called “right to work” states.

“Right to work” laws represent a corporate race to the bottom that pits states against each other to lower wages and weaken worker’s rights.

The pressure to make Delaware a “right to work” state should be firmly resisted. Also, at the federal level, a new bill has been introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Brad Sherman to institute a federal ban on these so-called “right to work” laws. It’s called the Protecting Workers and Improving Labor Standards Act.

Urge your Congress person to support this bill. Economic justice is critical to a healthy society.

Michael Lawton

Ocean View

SDEF grateful for support with event

Editor:

The Southern Delaware Education Foundation (SDEF) held its first solo fundraiser at the Clayton Movie Theatre with a showing of Young Frankenstein on Halloween. Thanks to everyone’s generosity, we are pleased to announce that we raised more than $2,000 through ticket sales, auction items, donations and a 50/50.

Thanks to each of the 112 people who purchased tickets and enjoyed the movie. A special thanks to our sponsors (Red Sapphire Consulting, Salon on Central, Porto’s, The Pack Women, LIpSense, Paragon Auto Body, Young Living) and our donors, too many to list.

Finally we could not have done it without Joanne Howe, owner, Clayton Theatre, who graciously allowed us to hold this event. Jennifer Pavik, who works at the Clayton helped us plan out the event and made some great suggestions. And let’s not forget Stephen King, who put the sponsorship information into the proper format and showed them on the screen for us.

Our Mission Statement: To provide scholarships to qualified residents of Sussex County who are unemployed or underemployed with funds they lack for classes that upon completion will lead to securing Delaware State Certification or Licensing in jobs that pay significantly more than jobs that require only unskilled labor.

Our vision is that all full-time workers can earn enough money to support themselves and their families.

If anyone reading this is interested in scholarship money or who knows someone who may benefit by monies toward Delaware State Certification, please go to https://sdefcares.org/ and send us an application.

Thanks again,

Lois Saraceni

SDEF Board of Directors

SCRWC spends an evening with Arlett

Editor:

The Sussex County Republican Women’s Club (SCRWC) welcomed Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett as the guest speaker at their dinner meeting held on Oct. 25, at Kings Creek Country Club in Rehoboth Beach.

A newcomer to the political stage, Arlett represents Sussex County District 5, which he won in 2014. Arlett has been leading the effort to make Sussex a “Right To Work” county. To him, it is a moral issue. He believes that every worker should have the right to choose whether or not to join a union.

To that end, Arlett is working diligently to introduce an ordinance during County Council sessions that would give employees in Sussex the Right To Work without paying into a union. Currently there are 28 states with (R.T.W.) laws in effect. Councilman Arlett wants to add Delaware to this list, thereby encouraging companies ready to grow and create new jobs, to look our way. Councilman Arlett urges anyone who wishes to see this ordinance pass, to contact all of the representatives on the County Coucil.

State Rep. Steve Smyk will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of SCRWC to be held on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The Veterans Luncheon at Kings Creek Country Club begins at 11 a.m. This annual meeting will also include our election of officers. Cost is $25 per person. For required reservations, contact Linda: jlrehm@aol.com or (302) 430-0329.

It is the mission of the Sussex County Republican Women’s Club to assist in the election of Republican candidates, act as an advocate for the Republican Party’s principles, and empower women to participate in the political process. SCRWC, the largest Republican Women’s Club in Delaware, has been actively engaging women in the political process for more than six decades.

For additional information visit www.SCRWC.NET.

Sussex County Republican Women’s Club