Weatherford Democrat

May 15, 2013

Letters to the Editor – May 15, 2013

Weatherford Democrat

A letter to those who litter

Dear Editor,

I just wanted to express my heartfelt thanks to the slobs, idiots and inconsiderate people who continually decorate the beautiful Texas landscape with their trash. I guess it’s really a form of art with beer bottles and cans, boxes, plastic drink containers, food packaging and just about anything else you can think of. It just doesn’t appeal to me. Thank you.

I also want to thank these lazy slobs for inconveniencing me, and many others who have the same problem, by making us have to clean up after you before we can make our places nice to look at. Thank you.

I also want to thank you for expressing your manners and education by causing an eyesore and danger with the glass bottles breaking. I love having flat tires! Thank you.

I would like to thank your mothers and fathers for raising such clean, upstanding and caring individuals like you. I’m sure they are proud of you (unless of course they taught you to do this like they do). Thank you.

It’s not just young adults but the older ones too that are guilty of this. I only wish that some day you are in my shoes, having to clean up after someone.

Thank you.

Beverly Hutton, Weatherford

IRS investigation of Tea Party

Dear Editor,

The news story about the IRS investigating Tea Party organizations has been totally misrepresented by all the news services I have seen, with the exception of one CNN reporter.

The reason the IRS is investigating Tea Party organizations has nothing to do with their political beliefs. The investigations were initiated by law when these organizations applied to the IRS for tax-exempts statu; under a law that gives that status to educational, religious, charitable and other social welfare organizations only.

Under this law, exempted organizations must devote at least 51 percent of their activities and funds to social welfare goals. The endorsement of a candidate for office or the gathering of money for the support of a candidate or party cannot exceed forty nine percent of activity.

Similar investigations have been called for in the past, by Republicans, of mainly black churches when they probably violated their tax-exempt status by supporting Democratic candidates and causes. I cannot really believe the Tea Party or any other political party can qualify as a social welfare organization.

The IRS has been used as a political tool in the past. Richard Nixon used the IRS to investigate individuals on his infamous enemies list. He used the IRS to punish his perceived enemies regardless of their political party or organization; which was a clear violation of federal law. His resignation and the Ford administration’s decisions not to pursue further legal action against Nixon resulted in Nixon avoiding felony prosecution.

What caused the investigation of Tea Party groups was their nationwide coordinated applications for tax-exempt status. It had nothing to do with their political activity. If the IRS were motivated to investigate for political reasons, surely they would have investigated now-exempt hard-core organizations like the NRA, Birthers and so called militias. The bottom line is that an organization can be either political or tax exempt, but never both equally.

What I find most disturbing about the entire episode is that nobody, as yet, has stood up and defended the IRS for doing its job, as prescribed by law. Not even the president mentioned that investigating every organization that applies for tax-exempt status is a primary responsibility of the IRS. If this law was not enforced only salaried individuals, who cannot afford the tax lawyers who file for tax exemptions, would be paying income taxes.


Dennis Tilly, Weatherford