Tassone's pension sparks anger
Am I the only one incensed that my taxes are going to a convicted felon's exorbitant $173,000 annual pension "Outrage over release," News, Jan. 29]? If we can revoke the voting rights of a felon, why can't we revoke his pension?
John R. Saxe
Sad day for Corbin? What about citizens
So, let me get this straight. The attorneys for former Nassau County Legis. Roger Corbin ["Corbin to plead guilty," News, Jan. 23] want us to feel sorry for their client? They tell us that this is a "sad day for Roger," but fail to relate any remorse by their client. They even play the "race card" by mentioning he is "perhaps the first African-American elected to a legislative position in Nassau County."
Corbin should be ashamed of himself for letting his district and the African-American community down. His attorneys even had the audacity to allude that he was forced to act inappropriately because of the "financial sacrifices" he made as an elected official. Hey, Corbin, don't do us any more favors.
John T. McLoughlin
Off-the-books work hurts all taxpayers
A recent letter writer's notion sounds good ["Pay for education with income tax," Letters, Jan. 25], if it were possible. If everyone paid their income taxes honestly, then we might be able to modify how we pay for education and decrease taxes on our homes. However, IRS estimates suggest that 30 to 40 percent of the U.S. economy is from off-the-books income, meaning that 60 to 70 percent of us who pay our full share are really running the country, paying for every bomb, battleship, bailout and budget item.
We all know people - from carpenters and hairdressers to tutors and mechanics - whose incomes are strictly cash, and only they and their accountants determine how much, if any, taxes they pay. Government losses to our off-the-books neighbors are huge. We could close a lot of budget gaps and have fine schools if there were a way of getting everyone to pay their fair share.
Let's expand 'don't ask, don't tell'
Let's expand the military's policy of "don't ask, don't tell" rather than make it illegal. What better way to protect the private preferences of employees from homophobic employers? The "don't-tell" part would prohibit other employees from announcing their sexual preferences and exploits and creating a hostile sexual environment for everyone else.
"Don't ask, don't tell" codifies the attitude of "live and let live" as well as, "I'll respect your privacy if you respect mine."