North Carolina Newspapers

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Shirley Escribano
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Andrew Gray
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Local Litizens Air Their Views On:
“Should Tax Laws Be Simplified?”
The only things in life that are for
certain, the saying goes, are death
and taxes. There has been talk at
tax reform or tax simplification over
the years; but more recently, the
idea that the country’s income tax
system needs to be changed has
drawn greater attention and re
calved increased support from
members of Congress and even the
President himnself.
In his recent State of the Union
Address, President Reagan referred
to a tax simplification plan which he
endorses and challenged the Con
gress to seriously tackle the inequi
ties built into the present income tax
structure. • :
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found in every state except North
Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho and
“ Wyoming, says the professor, a
former editor of the Washington
Afro-American and assistant editor
of the Kansas City Cali,both Black
papers. Some cities have a number
of competing Black papers, basical
ly trying to appeal to the same
target population. In Chicago, Tin
ney says, there are a docan, six in St.
Louis, six in Washington and three in
Kansas City.
Tinney notes that finding the more
than 320 Black papers took quite a
bit of “digging” on his part and that
he was assisted by student research
era. He admits that it is difflcuf to
verify circulation of the papers since
only about one-sixth are audited,
adding that a “conservative esti
million to 7.5 Indian. The industry
estimates more than 4.5 million.
He has found papers that aren’t
listed in the major industry publica
tion, Editor A Publisher Yearbook.
For example, the 1284 edition lists
only one Black paper in Buffalo -
me jDuiiuio v^nauenger. iinney nas
identified two others: the Buffalo
Criterion and the Buffalo Fine Print.
In Washington, he also found two
more - The Washington Sun and
D.C. Talk-ln addition to the four
that are listed.
Often the papers not included in
the E*P Yearbook are foubd in
“mom and pop” stores in the Black
community, he emphasizes. And
many are giveaways or controlled
drcuMtion papers that generally
depend on local advertising.
Moat Black papers are week
lies and many are family owned and
operated. There are only three
dalljha -The Chicago Daily Defen
der, Atlanta Daily World and the
Nfef York Daily Challenge.
There are about 12 "semi-week
lies,” published twice a week. And
there’s a monthly “maga paper,”
The National Leader, combining the
characteristics of both a newspaper
and magazine. The peper started in
1982 as a, weekly tabloid, says
Ttnney, who served as Ms religion
editor.
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Post reporter Audrey Lodato
asked area residents their thoughts
about the present tax system and the
need for tax reform. Should taxes be .
simplified? Do changes need to be
made? Here is what they had to tay
on the subject.
•ANDREW GRAY, an accountant
whose office is located on Beatties
Ford Road, expressed the opinion
that the present system is a good
one. “Basically, it's okay the way it
is," Gray replied. “Changes could
hurt a lot of people.” Some possible
ways people could suffer, be noted,
might include a drop in charitable
contributions if that were not de
ductible; or the loss of the home
mortgage interest deduction would
hurt home buyers. He thought that
tax reform “may help poor people
and the rich, but it might hurt the
middle class.” Overall, Gray is not
in favor of tax reform.
• HURLEY E8CR1BANO. of Duns
too Court, is an Equal Opportunity
Specialist for the Federal govern
ment. Ms. Escribano hesitated to
give her opinion, because of her
work. In reply to the question about
the need for tax change, she com
mented, “I wouldn’t say overhauled,
I’d say changed.” She added, “I’d
better reserve.comment.”
• JAMES DEESE. a City worker for
the sanitation department, resides
on Reid Avenue with his wife, Ossie
Lee, and children, Rosalie, Carla,
Doris, and Johnny. Deese thinks the
present tax system is fine. “I’m
happy with it as it is,” he remarked.
He believes it to be fair, and added,
• MARGARET B. CRANKE, of
Vancouver Lane in Gastonia, ope
rates a convenience store. After
thinking about the question of wfae
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ther or not taxes need to be simpli
fied, she responded, “It depends.
Some taxpayers don’t understand
the present tax system.’’ Ms.
Cranke would consider the Presi
dent’s proposed plan. “It has some
merits,” she continued. “We must
look at the pros and cons. Some
people’s taxes may go up, but you
have to look at the whole picture, at
what gets taken in and what is
leveled.”
• BOBBY CRANKE. of Ragan
Drive, listened to what his mother
had to say, and then added his
opinion. “The present system
should be simplified,” he declared.
“Now taxes are in the interest of big
business. It's hard to understand
how the little person can make it.”
• WALTER HUNTER is a retired
high school football coach living on
Isaac Drive. Mr. Hunter is definite
ly in favor of tax reform. “I
certainly think it could use some
changes,” he began, noting that as a
retired person, his disability bene
fits are being taxed. He’d like to see
Congress take a close look at cuts in
Social Security. With regard to
other aspects of taxation, Hunter
commented, “Some of the largest
companies do not pay taxes. This
needs to be scrutinized very care
fully* Perhaps there’s enough loose
fat hanging out there that we could
eliminate some of the debt.” He
continued, “We need a more simpli
fied tax system, but I don’t think you
could have a flat tax and still give
tax credits in areas where they
should go.” He thinks that those
with meagre incomes would then
pay too much.^ioapttties should be
closed. The tax system has worked
well but in the past few years, the
burden has shifted to middle class
and lower income persons,” he
concluded.
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