Letters on Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, immigration, IRS funding, more

Helps eliminate hunger

Saturday, May 14 marks the 30th anniversary of one of America’s great giving days – the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

Letter carriers roam the community every day, often confronting the sad reality for too many people: hunger. Every year, on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect donations of non-perishable food from residential customers. These donations go directly to local agencies to provide food to people who need our help.

Food collected in the Gainesville area will be distributed through the following local agencies: Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, Catholic Charities, Food for Kids and Gainesville Community Ministry. The need for food donations is great. Hunger affects all ages and affects thousands of people right here in our hometown.

The timing of our food drive is crucial. Food banks and food pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. In the spring, many pantries are depleted, entering summer with few supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are unavailable for children in need.

Participating in this year’s hunger relief food drive is simple: just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag near your mailbox on Saturday, May 14, and your mail carrier will do the rest. Please help us in our fight to end hunger.

Dave Hill, Union President, Branch 1025, Gainesville

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Erroneous statements

More than one million people have died in the United States from COVID complications in 27 months. U.S. citizens venturing out of our country must show proof of a negative COVID test upon re-entry. COVID variants continue to plague us with no end in sight.

Now President Joe Biden wants to eliminate the Trump-era Title 42 COVID Mitigation Act that effectively restricted mass migration over our southern border. This is on the heels of the president’s “day one” order to abandon Trump’s “stay in Mexico” policy. These unfortunate actions are exacerbated by Biden’s flippant comment that “no unaccompanied minors will be turned away” at our border.

These misrepresentations encourage those who would violate our immigration laws in massive and unprecedented numbers. We are not prepared for the influx. Is it any wonder that many American citizen-voters support an incompetent Donald Trump and his MAGA program?

Jeff Montgomery, Gainesville

Finance the tax

As a recent NPR article reported, the IRS is sorely understaffed and will miss an estimated $600 billion in uncollected taxes this year as it grapples with outdated technology. These uncollected taxes come mostly from the wealthy who are able to avoid taxes because they have armies of lawyers who can help them avoid taxes (remember, this makes them “smart”). Adding to the insult of missing revenue is the fact that Congress has underfunded the IRS.

Today, the IRS has as many employees as it did in 1970, and the technological system it uses to handle tax processing was built in the 1960s. avoid their taxes, and the IRS has few resources to prosecute them. The administration has called for increasing the resources of the IRS so it can apply taxes to those who are least likely to pay their taxes today.

We need to lobby Congress to approve these additional resources.

Kris Pagenkopf, Gainesville

Large-scale achievement

A recent letter to The Sun made it clear how forgetful many Republicans are. After equating Donald Trump’s campaign’s possible collusion with Russians (and Democrats seeking impeachment) to the current deadlock in Congress (pushed by Republicans), the writer goes on to argue that Barack Obama has nothing did in its first two years despite Democrats controlling both houses of Congress.

The Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010. Since then: 91.5% of Americans now have health insurance; between 2010 and 2013, the uninsured rate fell by more than 40%; 33 million additional Americans are now insured; as a direct result, health care prices have risen at the slowest rate in 50 years; and many more Americans can now go to the doctor and not forgo treatment because of the cost.

It’s hard to believe that any president, regardless of party, would love to have such a far-reaching achievement that directly improves the lives of Americans.

Thomas R. Weller, High Sources

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