The Constitution and the Good Book

January 13, 2013

Currently, an exhausting brouhaha is laying siege to the powers in Congress which lay and collect taxes. That whole shooting match seems to be a waste of time and resources.

The U.S. Constitution and the Good Book lead me to the understanding that paying taxes is both a duty of citizenship and a Christian tenet as well.

The Constitution addresses the issue in Article 1, Section 8 (“The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes …”) and by Amendment 16 (“Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on income …”).

The Good Book addresses the issue of taxes in the Book of Matthew (“Give to Caesar that which is Caesar’s …”).

While the Constitution separates government from religion, the Good Book establishes no such restrictions. For an interesting and enlightening view of the Christian perspective on the relationship between church and state, please see the Book of Romans (“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities …”).

Paul Lagojda

Cumberland Township

No reason to ruin child

An article in the Wednesday edition of the Observer-Reporter reported on how a student was removed from Trinity East Elementary School after allegedly making a verbal threat against another student. The superintendent was quoted as saying, “Until I’m convinced that help is working, there is not going to be any readmission.” An evaluation also will determine whether the child can return to school or if another alternative education is found for him.

Seriously, a second-grade student makes a verbal threat and may not be allowed to return to school? A slip of the tongue should not be a reason to ruin this child for life.

I hope the Trinity administration and the parents who are making a big issue about this will think about the damage that is being done to the accused student. I also hope those who want to make an example of this child don’t find themselves in the same position with one of their own children someday.

Craig Burda



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