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| Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

What a good letter by Gaylene Quinn-Massart (“Slap in teachers' faces,” June 16). She hit the nail on the head when it comes to educators.

I don't have a problem funding our schools and paying our educators. The problem is having to pay for their big pensions and health care. Taxpayers should not have to bear this burden, just like we should not have to pay for state employees' pensions and health care. This is why we have one of the highest state and local and property tax rates in the country.

There should not be a “baby tax,” as has been suggested, but if I have to pay property taxes, then renters should also pay some kind of tax to fund education. Or what about a sin tax on smoking, drinking, gambling, lottery, etc.? There are other ways to fund this heavy baggage, and property owners, especially seniors, should not have to carry all the bags.

Teachers deserve what they make, but there needs to be a better way. I still think a flat tax is the best solution. It's definitely the fair way.

Didn't Pennsylvania lawmakers say years ago, “Give us gambling in this state and we will eliminate property taxes”? It's just another broken promise by our elected politicians.

John Tierney

Allegheny Township

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