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October 4, 2012

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— Despite riches, Mitt can’t buy presidency

A very entertaining ad for President Obama by Samuel L. Jackson is out. The ad is a parody on “The Night Before Christmas” poem. My favorite line is “Obama sent the SEALs after bin Laden – “Romney sent our jobs overseas.”

Another favorite is “Wake up, your lives will be affected – Romney will gut Medicare, if he is elected.”

On a related subject, Mitt Romney recently released his 2011 tax returns. He’s been saying that he has always paid at least 13 percent. However, this return showed $4 million in charitable deductions, which would put him at just a 9 percent rate. So he’s claiming only $2 million, raising his rate to 14 percent.

However, the kicker is that the day after the election he can simply submit an amended return, claiming the full $4 million, thus reducing his rate again to just 9 percent.

Also, if elected, Romney says that he will reduce his tax rate and millionaires like him to under 1 percent.

Just what underhanded methods did Romney use the previous 10 years that he refuses to release?

As the polls indicate, most people are seeing that Romney is just out for himself.

He has the money to buy anything he wants.

He even thought that he could buy the presidency. But he’s beginning to realize that it’s not going to happen.

Chris Miller

Johnstown

Hilltop move questioned, director responds                                                                             I attended the Westmont Hilltop school board meeting on Sept. 10. An item on the agenda was to appoint a new member to fill a recent vacancy caused by the resignation of a board member.

There were five candidates, all of whom were asked what they would do about people who say we should not raise taxes.

Three candidates who have attended many previous meetings responded that they would look at ways to reduce costs from within. They also indicated they had been volunteers in the Westmont schools.

After the final candidate had been interviewed, it became rather obvious to the audience who the board’s choice would be – even before a vote was rendered.

The decision was a five-to-three vote for a new member who has not been in attendance at board meetings and had no previous involvement with the Westmont district.

The person appointed, Daniel Hill, is a partner in the Silverman, Tokarsky and Forman law firm. Something (board member Phyllis) Forman did not disclose to the citizens attending the meeting.

One year without raising taxes was all the board would do. So get ready for a nice tax increase.

James Larkin

Westmont

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