Not your business

I find it very hard to believe how this country of ours has lowered the standards of life and common sense by changing and enforcing the standards which pulled this country together over the past hundred years. I have been a part of this problem for 85 years of my life. I know too well how many Americans lived in houses that had no cellars, furnaces, electricity, running water or a bathroom. We heated our homes with dead limbs and trees which were very abundant and available to most households in rural America.

An acre of land sold for $60. Modern law requires a building lot to be 3 acres in size and they sell for $30,000. My mother raised 6 children herself and she received 50 cents an hour working in a factory in Williamsport. She made $4 a day and paid the neighbor for riding to Williamsport every day. She also received property and school taxes and had to pay them or our house would have been sold out from under us.

Are our local, county, state and federal governments proud of what happened a few weeks ago when Michael Rogers took his own life in Monroe County because he became a victim of Pennsylvania obsolete property tax system? This gentleman lived his whole life in this home which his mother left to him when she passed away in 2006. This home could reasonably be worth $80,000 or more. However, the investor only paid $14,000 for this home at the tax sale.

The parasites who feed off this ancient tax law, such as property investors, assessment companies, tax collectors, lawyers and others all profit from this regressive style of taxation, which should be eliminated and replaced with a more sensible and fair form of taxation.

There is no reason something like this should happen in this country. It is happening to thousands of other senior citizens every year. If there is anything sacred left in our county, it should be a person’s home, with no strings attached whatsoever. It should not be any business or right to judge this subject, because it is no one’s business, including those who capitalize financially by legally performing a robbery.

This is my definition of our present law. A small dog died on an aircraft because it suffocated and it received national attention on television.

That did not happen when Michael Rogers took his own life because of the treatment which he received from such an old law which should have never become law to start with. Are students of today in Pennsylvania being taught compassion, or are they expected to accept our modern day laws regardless of how they were written?

Weldon C. Cohick Jr.



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