Lowering the standards of life and common sense

WELDON C. COHICK JR.

Linden

I find it very hard to believe how this country of ours has lowered the standards of life and common sense by changing and enforcing the standards which pulled this country together over the last 100 years of our existence.

I have been a part of this problem for all 85 years of my life. I know too well how many Americans lived in houses that had no cellars, furnaces, electricity, running water or bathrooms.

We heated our homes with dead limbs and trees that were abundant to most households in rural America.

An acre of land sold for $60. Modern laws require a building lot to be multiple acres and they sell for $30,000. My mother raised her six children and she received 50 cents an hour working in a factory in Williamsport. She made $4 a day and paid the neighbor for riding to Williamsport every day. She paid property taxes or our house would have been sold out from under us.

Are our local, county, state and federal governments proud of what happened a few weeks ago when Michael Rogers took his own life in Monroe County, reportedly because he became a victim of Pennsylvania’s obsolete property tax system? This gentleman lived his whole life in a home his mother left to him when she passed away in 2006. This home could reasonably be worth $80,000 or more. However, the investor only paid $14,000 for the home at the tax sale. The parasites who feed off this ancient tax law, such as property investors, assessment companies, tax collectors, lawyers and others all profit from this regressive style of taxation. It should be eliminated and replaced with a more sensible and fair form of taxation. Mr. Rogers made a last stand to protect his home. It ended up in the hands of the highest bidder, who will capitalize on the misfortunes of Mr. Michael Rogers and his deceased mother who gave her son the only home he ever knew.

There is no reason under the sun that something like this should happen in this country. But it is happening to many senior citizens every year. If there is anything sacred left in our country, it should be a person’s home, with no strings attached.

People should not be subjected to legalized robbery.

This is my definition of our present law.

A small dog died on an aircraft because it suffocated and it received national attention on television.

That did not happen when Michael Rogers took his own life despite the treatment he received.

Are students of today in Pennsylvania being taught the definition of compassion, or are they expected to accept our modern-day laws regadless of how they were written?

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