A penny a day

Editor:

It has been said if one could receive a penny a day and double it every day for 30 days, it would amount to over a $1 million.

In lieu of the tax levies our communities are about to vote on in the near future, I liken them to this metaphor and thought it only proper to voice my opinion on the matter.

My sympathy lies with the homeowner due to the unconstitutional way taxes are collected for education in the state of Ohio. And since this issue exists in each community, this opinion could fit in each district in our state.

If I was an educator for the public school system and being aware of the financial stress families are under, and if I was a first or second grade teacher with a Master's degree and tenure, and a salary of $45,000 I would -- out of compassion and understanding -- only asked for a modest increase in my salary.

If I was an educator for the public school system and being aware of the financial stress families are under, and if I was a first or second grade teacher with a Master's degree and tenure, and a salary of $45,000 I would -- out of compassion and understanding -- only asked for a modest increase in my salary.

After all, I could always say I haven't had a raise for years -- only a modest cost of living raise at 2.5 or 3.0 percent. In the first year at 3 percent, it would only be a modest $1,350 increase, the second year would only be a modest $1,390.50, and the third year would be a modest $1,432,21; and in the three years that would be a total of my salary rising from $45,000 to only $49,172.71, an increase of $4,172.71.

If I was asked for an increase on my salary, besides the cost of living increase that I already received each year, say a modest 3 percent, that would give me an additional $4,172.71, and then my salary and cost of living combined for a period of three years would then be $53,345.72. Now I don't think this is too much to ask our communities across the districts of the state of Ohio. After all, it appears we haven't had a raise in several years and we deserve a modest raise now and then.

And out of compassion, we know if homelessness should occur due to over taxation, we have just passed a stimulus package which should take care of the unfortunate. This opinion is for the taxpayers to realize the little foxes spoiled the vine, and levies quarter by quarter and doubled each quarter is like a penny a day that's doubled every day.

Pascal, a French philosopher, said, "I prefer to believe those writers who get their throats cut for what they write."

Chester R. McVey