In John Holcomb’s Oct. 4 letter to the editor, he states that there is an old axiom, “Throw a rock into a pack of dogs and the one that yelps is the one that was hit.”
This is an interesting statement that I have never heard before. But then, as Mr. Holcom surmises, I am not a native Floridian. But as with all old statements there may be some truth and there is also a good chance that there is some falsehood.
I am afraid that in Mr. Holcom’s interpretation of my response, there is nothing but falsehood.
1. I do not have any children in school in Florida and never did have. Your concept that people should pay a fee to have children in Florida public schools would not apply to me.
I do have two children and two grandchildren residing in Florida. They are all college educated, some with advanced degrees. This makes a total of five households all with above average incomes contributing to the economy of Florida.
Neither do my children or grandchildren have children in schools. If Mr. Holcom considers my, and my family’s, contribution to Florida, perhaps he would recommend that Florida pay us a stipend for having brought such a valuable addition to the state. The logic would be similar.
2. Mr. Holcom obviously missed the statement that we all pay taxes, even those who are renters. People who pay rent pay taxes as part of their rent; no landlord would rent their property if the rent did not cover depreciation, insurance and taxes. The landlord must recover all of the above plus show a profit, or else he would not be in the business of renting.