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Letter: Penalty for past sins is more taxes for Illinois

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Tuesday’s editorial, “State’s waste robs public of real benefits,” put much of the current cash problem into a new perspective that I hope will help voters understand the problem.

Having watched the problem grow since 1957, I see an additional perspective. We voters have elected a majority of irresponsible legislators who didn’t believe in paying bills, and we “enjoyed” paying slightly less in taxes. Now we are faced with a problem that requires more taxes to pay for that irresponsibility.

Compared with the irresponsibility at the federal level, Illinois legislators have just been small mimics, but that doesn’t relieve us as voters from our responsibility. We will have to get used to the idea of paying more taxes for all of the services we have demanded to make Illinois a great place to live.

Jack Bennett

DeKalb

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