Letters to the editor on EITC, Jason Collins, kidnapped goslings

05/07/2013 12:00 AM

05/06/2013 6:05 PM

EITC helps lift people from poverty

Gov. Sam Brownback promised that his new tax plan would benefit all Kansans, including low-income Kansans. But now the earned income tax credit, which helps low- and moderate-income working households keep more of what they earn, is under attack in the Legislature.

In 2010, more than 40,000 Sedgwick County families claimed this credit. Most families use the money they receive from the EITC to help support their families and to provide their children the basic resources they need to live healthy lives.

During my childhood, I knew what it was like to be a family that hovered around the poverty line and the devastating consequences of falling under it. The EITC has proved to be one of the most effective means of lifting families out of poverty.

Reducing the EITC has the opposite effect. In fact, it would be like raising taxes on our poorest families, who already pay more than their fair share. Reducing or eliminating the EITC is the wrong strategy for improving lives.

The EITC is the best tool we have to help working families in Sedgwick County make ends meet. Brownback should lead the way on protecting the EITC.

JAMIE SCHMALTZ

Wichita

More in news?

A May 2 Opinion Line Extra comment said: “There has been more in the news about Jason Collins, the professional basketball player who said he was gay, than about the murder of our ambassador in Benghazi. Don’t we have our priorities in the wrong place?”

I absolutely disagree. That couldn’t be more wrong. No, no, no, no, no. If you add up all the time that was spent on Fox News channel talking about Benghazi, it would outweigh the Collins announcement hundreds-to-one – maybe thousands.

I’m sorry, just a moment, please. Yes, what did you say? Oh, the comment was talking about, actual, factual news?

Never mind.

MICHAEL AUBORN

Wichita

Stolen goslings

A young Canada goose couple hatched five goslings last week at a local self-storage facility. The next day, a couple in a black pickup sporting a camper shell came by, got the parents off by putting something to eat away from the goslings, then picked up the youngsters and fled with them. This goose napping was observed, the license plate written down, and a report filed. The goose napping took place on private property.

It is a shame that these goslings probably will die due to improper care.

MARK HOLLAND

Wichita

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