Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 14, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 04/14/2013


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Use drug drop box

As Chief of Police, I witness firsthand the problems associated with the misuse of prescription drugs. As citizens of Traverse City we can feel insulated from the issues in the national headlines; however, in the case of prescription drug abuse no community is immune to this serious and growing addiction.

In our society there is a perception that prescription drugs do not harbor the same dangers as illicit drugs; unfortunately, when misused they’re actually more additive and dangerous. Prescription drugs are easily accessible by simply opening a cupboard, drawer or medicine cabinet.

You can help prevent prescription drug abuse by storing drugs in a safe and secure place, monitoring your prescription bottles and disposing of expired or unneeded prescription medications properly. At the Dennis W. Finch Law Enforcement Center, 851 Woodmere Avenue, we offer the opportunity to safely dispose of out-dated or unused prescription drugs by using the Drug Drop Box located in the lobby. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Please do your part to help keep these drugs off of our streets. Your efforts will help make our community a safer place to live and work.

Michael K. Warren

Traverse City

The writer is Traverse City Chief of Police

 

Fair for everyone

April 15, a day we all know as tax day, was enacted in 1913, 100 years ago. The 16th Amendment passed and gave Congress the right to levy an income tax. Today the poor and the middle class pay a higher percentage than the top 1 percent. (www.itep.org.)

A recent presidential candidate, with many millions in investment income, paid only 14 percent in income taxes. The tax that I, and other low- and middle-class citizens pay is considerably more than 14 percent. How can that be? It’s called loopholes like carried interest, offshore bank accounts, subsidies, etc.

Our outdated and unfair tax code is filled with loopholes drafted by lobbyists who represent the corporations and the rich and powerful. Years ago there was a time when the wealthy and corporations actually did pay their fair share. If we are to reduce our deficit we must make the tax code fair and just for everyone; then and only then can we talk about cuts in spending.

The vast majority of citizens will gladly pay their fair share of taxes for government services we need and enjoy. However, we must know that it is fair for everyone.

Bill Hoff

Suttons Bay