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Pennsylvania man protests school tax with $1 bills
FORKS TOWNSHIP, Pa., Sept. 6 (UPI) — A Pennsylvania man who homeschools his children said he paid his $7,143 school tax in $1 bills to protest funding public education.
Rob Fernandes videotaped himself delivering the 7,143 $1 bills, along with 54 cents change, to the Forks Township municipal building and explaining his reasoning to tax collector Anne Bennett-Morse, Philly.com reported Friday.
Some letters to the editor resulted.
From Becky Bartlett’s conclusion:
LETTER: We All Benefit From Public Education Express Times
This story is disturbing because if Fernandes’ children were enrolled in public school, they’d be learning respect for public employees, the importance of community service and the responsibilities of citizenship.
From Rachel Hoagland:
LETTER: Don’t fault taxpayer for making a strong statement Express Times
I read Becky Bartlett’s biting comments (letter, “We all benefit from public education,” Sept. 5) about Robert Fernandes, who recently paid his $7,143 school tax bill in single denominations. Who cares how he paid? The bottom line is that he paid! Money is money, in many different forms, and if Fernandes also felt the need to respectfully make a statement at the same time, so what?
Fernandes fulfilled his taxpayer obligation and by expressing his personal thoughts and views he encouraged public debate, which is better than attempting to silence someone. In the end good people can agree to disagree.
From Kevin Coomer:
LETTER: Tax protest is part of the ‘me’ syndrome in America Express Times
This country used to be about people working for the public good. We understood that like insurance, in which we all pool against the risk of loss, even though we might not have an accident, we were all protected. Today it’s about each individual. I want what’s mine and to hell with what’s in the best interest of community, state or country.
Home schooling by individuals not qualified to teach will help instill the “it’s all about me” values better than a shared education anyway.