Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

June 10, 2013

Letters to the Editor - June 9, 2013


Mineral Wells Index

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To fee ... or not to fee?

Dear Editor:

For years Mineral Wells like most other cities in Texas accepted Credit and Debit cards for payment of fees.

But like most other cities Mineral Wells did not charge a fee for the use of either.

A few months ago the city’s Finance Director asked the City Council to start charging a fee for accepting credit cards.

I spoke in favor of the request. The council approved the request. But instead of only charging a fee for credit cards they added a fee for debit card.

When the city staff was question as to why they charged a fee for Debit Cards when the local government code did not permit charging a fee for debit card instead of just correcting the problem they decided they could not take debit card with a statement that the city better pay it safe.

The Local government code that was quoted has nothing to with the city accepting debit cards.



Charles Thompson



To fear the IRS ... or not to fear?

Dear Editor:

When Marx and Engels wrote the Communist Manifesto in 1848, they presented 10 steps necessary to destroy any free enterprise system and replace it with Communism.

Step number two is to establish a heavy progressive or graduated income tax. At that time, this country did not have an income tax. It took 65 years for the progressives to sell it to the American people.

Back then, it was hard to realize the dangers it brought to this nation. Today, we can see why Marxism considers it a necessary tool to bring down any productive nation and turn it into a Socialist State.

The House Ways and Means Committee (HW&M) oversees the IRS and is considering proposals to fix our tax system. Recent abuses demand the replacement of the IRS and it’s 70,000+ pages of regulations.

Kevin Brady (a ranking member of HW&M recently wrote, “Americans shouldn’t fear the IRS.” I disagree.

Every citizen should fear the IRS and should have feared it 100 years ago.

The Marxist knew then it would grow into the monster it is today. I agree with the remainder of Mr Brady’s article promoting the Fair Tax.



Roy Newsom

Granbury