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Donating used books translates into tax break

A News & Record reader wrote in to Tom Taylor’s column, “Get Tom On It,” asking what to do with used books. Two very good destinations are the Beth David Synagogue at 804 Winview Drive and St. Francis Episcopal Church at 3506 Lawndale Drive. Both will provide receipts for you to document your donation for tax purposes.

St. Francis’ yearly book sale, held the first week of May, uses its proceeds toward outreach projects in the community and the world. This will be the book sale’s 49th year of serving the Triad community.

Over the years, Greensboro has been very good to us by donating books throughout the year (donations can be left by the garage), enabling us to grow to over 40,000 volumes for sale.

Thank you, Greensboro, for continuing to support this outreach mission through your continued patronage.

Ellen Lyon

Greensboro

Some thoughts on Iraq, police, movies, Al Gore

Diversity is in. Like my thinking these days:

Iraq: The big question with no right answer. Stay the course, with or without more troops? Or begin the withdrawal? If the Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds can’t get it together soon, let’s make it crystal clear that we’ve gone many extra miles to help. Now it’s their turn.

I respect President Bush. He is intelligent, honest, and will do the right thing. History will treat him better than we do.

Al Gore: His environmental movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” is a major contribution to understanding what we are doing to this planet.

And by the way, go see “Happy Feet” for a related but warm convenient truth.

Greensboro Police Department: It’s way past time to clear the air, restore confidence and move toward first-class law and order. Please, city council and city manager, get it together and get it right.

Politics: The shift in congressional power is a genuine opportunity to practice government for the people. Partisanship has a place when values and principles honestly differ, but compromise can be the soul of democracy. Try it, you elected people.

Bill Beerman

Greensboro

Democrats’ fast start merits public’s support

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has delivered on the people’s call for a new direction by passing the following seven bills within the first 100 hours of business:

Minimum wage: Increasing the federal minimum wage to $7.25 per hour.

Prescription drugs: Requiring the government to bargain with drug companies for lower Medicare prescription drug costs.

Student loans: Cutting the interest rate on needs-based loans in half, to 3.4 percent.

Homeland security: Strengthening the nation’s security by requiring more inspections of cargo containers on planes and ships and improving grants to high-risk states.

Ethics: Banning lawmakers from flying on corporate jets and accepting meals and gifts from lobbyists.

Stem Cell Research: Providing federal funding for research on stem cells from embryos which would be discarded by fertility clinics.

Energy: Rescinding $14 billion in tax breaks and subsidies for oil drillers and reserving the money to develop renewable energy resources.

The Democratic Party again has demonstrated that it is the party of the people. Support from each of us is important to make certain these bills become law, in order to bring hope to those in need and to ensure a brighter future for coming generations.

Bob Kollar

Greensboro

Use state lottery funds for college scholarships

Revolutionary concept? Not if you are a taxpayer.

Increasing our tax burden by $9.6 million to $21.3 million per year is not the silver bullet needed to give our graduating seniors a college education.

We should look to our neighbor to the south, and use the “Educational Lottery” for the purpose it was meant for.

Let the millions from our lottery put our graduating seniors through community college, not the backs of taxpaying citizens.

Anthony Norbut

Greensboro

Public park horse trails welcome places to ride

I would like to thank those responsible for including horse trails at Northeast Park, which recently opened. There are more horses in Guilford County than in any county in North Carolina, but there are precious few public parks here that allow horseback riding.

Trails are being cleared for housing developments everywhere we turn and many people no longer have safe places to ride near their homes or farms. Trail riding is my favorite stress reliever on the weekends and it is wonderful to have a new, beautiful, safe place to ride in Guilford County.

The trails are well marked, the trailer parking lot and arena are top notch, and the staff is helpful and courteous. Kudos to everyone involved in making this happen.

Garland Graham

Summerfield

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