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Frequent letter writer Ed Konecnik wants to know how much of the money he earns belongs to me in the name of social justice, and why. But that’s not the right question to ask.
The real question to ask is, “Should any of us pay any tax money for government social programs?” The answer is, “Yes, we should.” Why? Because we live in a society. A society is a structured community of people bound together by similar traditions, institutions, or nationality. Societies have social responsibilities; things that contribute to and benefit the group as a whole. Yes, we are individuals, but our societal collective affords us many things that we do and have as members of the group.
Taxes should be looked at like an admission fee to belong to a society. You want to live in our country, and have the benefits of our society, then you have to ante up your fee. You should be happy to pay taxes because our system of government affords us so much that many other countries don’t
have. Yet, on living standards we lag far behind the Scandinavian countries that provide free healthcare, free education and other subsidies to their members by taking more tax money than we pay. Citizens in those countries say they’re very happy with their lives and are glad to pay the higher taxes for the better services.
Ed sees our society divided between those who have enough and the “moochers,” and he resents any of his tax money going to pay for any moocher services. He can’t be a product of public education. He must have never lost his job through no fault of his own and taken unemployment insurance, been injured at work and sought disability, or have suffered any medical emergency that depleted his savings. He must never have been in the military or taken advantage of any veteran’s benefits. He can’t be a guy who is taking his Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid or any other senior services because that would make him a moocher.
If so, lucky him. But he shouldn’t resent those who are not as fortunate as he and need a helping hand from society once in a while. As a good citizen, he shouldn’t want to renege on his social responsibility.
The following is a transcript of Mayor de Blasio's State of the City Address, as prepared, sent to the media before the speech was delivered.
February 5, 2014 / New York, NY – In the midst of an unprecedented string of winter storms, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is urgently asking donors to roll up their sleeves to replenish our community blood and platelet supply.
A mother and daughter were killed late Tuesday night or very early Wednesday morning in a vicious attack in East Elmhurst, police said. A spokesman for the department said it appears that a hammer was used to bludgeon them.
The victims were Estrella Castaneda, 56, and her daughter Lina Castaneda, 25, who both lived at 24-10 87 St., a little less than a block away from Astoria Boulevard. They were slain at their home.
A mother and daughter were killed late Tuesday night or very early Wednesday morning in a vicious attack in East Elmhurst, police said. Media reports say their murderer may have used a hammer to kill them.
(BPT) - Read enough about the state of Americans’ finances and you might get the impression that the average consumer is fairly clueless when it comes to making good money decisions. But a new survey indicates that Americans are more credit-savvy than you might think about how and when to use one of the most-maligned types of credit: payday loans.
A 63-year-old man was found dead inside a Flushing apartment building Friday morning after the FDNY extinguished a fire there, police report.
Forest Urgent Care provides unsurpassed urgent healthcare in Forest Hills. I can tell you firsthand I have been to Forest Hills Urgent Care myself on two occasions in the past year and received the finest high-quality healthcare during both visits.
Dr. Lum, who is a board-certified emergency physician is an extremely skilled physician, who listens intently to a patient’s concerns with compassion. Dr. Lum follows through with a very comprehensive examination. He will take X-rays and blood tests if he feels they are necessary.
Elections and new laws adopted in 2013 promised sweeping changes across the city’s horizon in 2014, with a new mayor, a new City Council, and an uncertain future for policies on education, law enforcement and city finances.
(BPT) - With the start of the new year, millions of Americans will have access to health coverage for the first time or have improved coverage because of the health care law. There are steps you can take now to ensure you have access to coverage beginning Jan. 1.
MTA New York City Transit, MTA Metro-North Railroad, MTA Long Island Rail Road, and MTA Bridges and Tunnels are preparing for the arrival of a winter storm this weekend that has the potential to blanket the metropolitan area with anywhere from two to ten inches of snow. Customers are urged to use caution while walking on outdoor platforms and stairs.
(StatePoint) Nearly 90 percent of people 50 years old and up want to remain at home as long as possible, according to a recent AARP study.
Though there was little ground to break elected officials and leaders of the Mount Sinai Health System gathered under a big white tent on Monday to celebrate the groundbreaking for the medical center’s Queens expansion project at 30th Avenue and Crescent Street in Astoria.
Just behind the podium, as an audience of 100 or so sat listening to reminiscent tales of the hospital once known as Astoria General, stood a mountainous pile of rubble and debris with a crane sitting on top like an angel on a Christmas tree.
Community Board 8 members discussed a variety of issues during their meeting on Oct. 9 at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, where they also approved their capital and expense budget priorities.
Free immigration assistance from a lawyer, a new service for the CB 8 area, will be provided on the first and third Fridays at its office at 197-15 Hillside Ave. in Hollis, through June. Funding came from Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and CUNY Citizenship Now.
With an eye toward maintaining patient wellness, a new Ambulatory Care Center at Flushing Hospital Medical Center is scheduled to open its doors to the public this month.
To celebrate the completion of the state-of-the-art facility, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Thursday, with hospital officials and employees, elected officials and other community leaders on hand for the celebration.
To ensure a healthy smile, a thorough dental cleaning is a safe bet. But Dr. Alexandra Khaimov wants to ensure her community also has a reason to smile. Until Nov. 3, children up to 18 years old can participate in the Maspeth dentist’s Good Deed essay contest for a chance to win a Kindle Fire.
Children are encouraged to write a short essay describing what good deed they did, why they did it and the result of their action. To enroll, visit DentistMaspethNY.com.
Three volunteer emergency medical technicians with the Corona Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps were arrested for allegedly stealing thousands from the organization’s bank account.
While serving as a board member and treasurer of CCAC, Daniel Dominguez, 37, stole more than $300,000, according to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The felony complaint goes on to say Dominguez used that money for jaunts to Walt Disney World and Niagara Falls, as well as purchases of luxury car service trips and fancy meals.
(NAPSI)—As we age, most of us come to depend on prescription drugs to help us live healthier, longer lives. But the very medications that we count on for better health could also land us in the hospital. Drug mishaps are especially common among older Americans, who generally take more medications to treat chronic conditions. Fortunately, with a little bit of caution, many incidents can be prevented.
Are you holding the newspaper farther away from your eyes than you used to? Join the crowd — age can bring changes that affect your eyesight. Some changes are more serious than others, but for many problems, there are things you can do to protect your vision. The National Institute on Aging, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, offers the following tips on protecting your eyesight and problems that can develop.
Have your eyes checked regularly by an eye care professional — either an ophthalmologist or optometrist. People over age 65 should have yearly eye exams. During this exam, the eye care professional should put drops in your eyes that will widen your pupils so that he or she can look at the back of each eye. This is the only way to find some common eye diseases that have no early signs or symptoms. If you wear glasses, your prescription should be checked too.
A legislative package related to the city’s response to Hurricane Sandy, which sailed through the City Council last week, seeks to fix a number of issues that came up since the storm from adequate supplies at city shelters to tax assessments of damaged properties.
A dozen pieces of legislation were approved by the Council on July 24 and sent to Mayor Bloomberg’s desk. They stemmed from months of testimony from Sandy survivors, responders and those involved in the recovery efforts on how to better prepare and recover from an emergency like Sandy in the future.