VOTE EARLY

If you are still giving thought on how to cast your vote this year, perhaps you might consider voting early in-person at the Sangamon County building. From now through Nov. 2, you can cast your ballot there. Sangamon County Clerk Don Gray, along with his polite and helpful staff, have made the experience safe, quick and so easy.

The day my husband and I voted, the line continually moved with everyone mindful of the social distancing and mask requirements. We were finished in no time and were pleasantly surprised how organized it all was.

We walked away feeling satisfied that we had personally entered our ballots into the computer, and that they were being securely stored until Election Day. We were assured by the election judges that on Nov. 3, our early in-person votes would be combined with those who had voted at the polls that day.

Why not consider voting early and on your own schedule at the Sangamon County building? On the night of Nov. 3, sit back and confidently watch the election totals knowing that nothing unforeseen prevented you from registering your choices. You could feel proud, relieved and assured that your voice will have been heard for this most important election.

Sharon L. Miner

Springfield

FAIR TAX JUST THAT

In this era of the COVID-19 pandemic, my wife and I have kept ourselves sane by driving around in the countryside near Springfield, visiting small towns we've not seen previously.  Occasionally, there are yard signs proclaiming "no" to the Illinois progressive income tax amendment. I don't understand the logic in this. 

What is the downside to households with joint incomes totaling less than $250,000 annually who will either see no change, or a reduction in their state income taxes? I don't imagine that there are numerous high-income earners in places like Middletown and New Holland.

The argument has been made that the Fair Tax amendment opens the door to additional tax increases, but the current state income tax rate can just as easily be raised by the legislature.  Many other states have progressive income taxes, and the additional revenue that the Fair Tax amendment will bring to Illinois is sorely needed to help fund education, prisons, pensions, infrastructure, the maintenance of historic sites and so on. 

The state budget, as it now stands, depends partly on aid from the federal government that is far from certain. Republicans in the Senate are against sending money to populous Democrat-controlled states that need federal funds the most.  Additionally, the pandemic has resulted in a loss of revenue from sales taxes imposed on businesses and the motor fuel tax, plus reduced income tax revenue due to increased unemployment. These factors make the Fair Tax amendment more necessary than ever. 

I believe that the people with the yard signs are misinformed about how the Fair Tax will affect them.

Richard F. Herndon

Springfield

WHAT DOES BOARD DO?

The recent article, "Police residency and review" notes of Springfield's Police Community Review Commission, "...there has been one case for review in the past three years" (Oct. 1). On average, it only takes the U.S. Supreme Court about six weeks to decide a case (https://www.supremecourt.gov/publicinfo/reportersguide.pdf).

Maybe the entire board needs to be replaced.

Jack Carter

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