LET Minnesota has progressive tax
A recent letter ("Progressive tax system would control property taxes and rudeness") made several erroneous statements, which should be corrected.
I attended the school board's Truth-in-Taxation hearing. While I did hear rude and disparaging comments, they started when one person used his opportunity to speak to harshly criticize the governor and the Republicans. The audience comments were a reminder to that person to remain on topic and to keep partisan politics out of it. In contrast, the chamber representative spoke eloquently for his constituents, who have legitimate concerns.
As for the letter writer's request that we "adopt a progressive tax system," I would remind everyone that we already have such a system. A progressive tax takes a larger percentage of income from high-income groups than from low-income groups. That is certainly true for both Minnesota and federal taxes. Indeed, Minnesota's top rate is one of the highest in the country.
As a member of Rotary, I have always found its four-way test to be a good guide in making public commentary. The test is:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build good will and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
I commend this test to all Post-Bulletin letter writers for consideration in composing future letters.