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Once again in the interest of full disclosure, all of us need to understand what the total cost of a “yes” vote on the Feb.26 school tax referendum will be. It will not be $198 million but over $300 million with the bond interest that will have to be paid. As we have said before, this affects everyone who owns or rents a piece of property in the Florence One Schools district.

On Aug. 29, on the Business page, the Morning News published an AP article titled "Despite strong economy, many Americans struggling to get by." According to the article, an Urban Institute survey concluded that 40 percent of American families struggled to meet at least one of their basic needs last year. Among the households with at least one working adult, more than 30 percent reported hardship. This is not a new development.

I grew up in a time when the “Golden Rule” was not just a great saying or a lot of words that sounded good. It said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Attempting comprehensive tax reform is like trying to tug many bones from the clamped jaws of many mastiffs. Every provision of the code — now approaching 4 million words — was put there to placate a clamorous faction, or to create a grateful group that will fund its congressional defenders. Still, Washington will take another stab at comprehensiveness, undeterred by the misadventures of comprehensive immigration and health-care reforms. Consider just one tax change that should be made and certainly will not be.