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Unicoi County animal shelter, social security and more in Tuesday's Forum

June 26th, 2013 9:01 am by Staff Report

Unicoi County animal shelter, social security and more in Tuesday's Forum

We write in support of your editorial of June 13 under the headline,  “Animal control is necessary public service, not a charity.” What more can we say — you said it all.
We support Johnson City Commissioner Clayton Stout’s recommendation that the city take $160,000 from an expected $680,000 reduction in capital service debt and apply that to a bond issue to help get the project moving along.
Animal control is a necessary public service. We expect nothing less.
CHARLES and DEE EDWARDS
Johnson City
Animal shelter
I just read the editorial, “Animal control is necessary public service, not a charity,” in the opinion section of the Press and I agree whole-heartedly. The animals and employees of the Johnson City animal shelter deserve more respect and support.
SUSAN K. ROGERS
Jonesborough
Conflict of interest?
How ironic that Commissioner David Tomita had an uncomfortable moment at Thursday’s City Commission meeting. He ran for Johnson City commissioner while retaining his seat on the Washington County Commission by saying he could do both with no conflict. Thursday may have been a moment of regret for his decision during debate on financing for the new Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter.
Tomita now finds himself serving both the county and city, while also being on the Board of Animal Control. Wow, no conflict of interest there. I admit to not having voted for Tomita for this very reason, but he assured the city there wouldn’t be any conflict — just a coming together.
I would encourage both the city and county to re-examine this issue for future elections and perhaps make sure a candidate gets his priorities right and resigns one position before seeking another. That way all parties are represented with no conflicts arising and no uncomfortable situations.
CHERYL HAWS
Johnson City
Social Security
About 15 years ago, as part of my job, I had to verify Social Security numbers for employees of various companies. One day I received a list of 50 names and Social Security numbers. To my amazement and chagrin, of those 50 numbers, only two belonged to the people named. The other 48 numbers were equally divided between not belonging to the person listed or not a legitimate number, meaning it had never been issued.
All 50 of these people were working at the time. Since then, think of how many more Social Security numbers may have been compromised for work purposes. It is a good idea to check your earnings record from time-to-time to make sure your wages are correctly posted. Don’t wait until the Internal Revenue Service gives you a problem because you did not report all of your earnings or the name and number on your return did not match.
Many illegal aliens obtain counterfeit Social Security numbers and green cards for a fee. If one is in the United States legally and has permission to work, then he or she can obtain their own Social Security card at no cost.
CAROL SALINAS
Jonesborough
Tax refund
After paying my fair share of taxes for over 50 years without any problems, I have grown to despise the Internal Revenue Service. Why you ask? I filed my tax return through a reputable tax company like I do every year. I filed my return in January and still have not received my refund.
I have contacted the IRS seven times to date and was finally assigned an IRS advocate. I have complied with every request the IRS has made, but to date the IRS agents have offered nothing but excuses and keep telling me my refund should be in my account in about four weeks.
I firmly believe five months is ample enough time to review a prepared return and release the funds the government had been using interest-free for a year or more. I believe the government is using our refunds interest free, maybe to pay their own salaries?
I am sick and tired of the government dictating to Americans what we can and cannot do. Is America heading towards complete dictatorship? You can bet your life if you owe IRS money they want it right away and if you don’t pay you’re in big trouble.
Enough is enough. The IRS is wasting millions of taxpayer dollars using intimidation tactics and it sickens Americans like me to witness what is happening to our once great country.
If you haven’t received your return yet, call the IRS at 1-877-275-8271. Be prepared to wait at least a half hour.
JOHN E. KINSEY
Johnson City

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