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Upper-class pay ed burden

I appreciate Linda Morgan's idea of sending the rich a "thank-you note" (instead of a $500 voucher) for the taxes they pay (Readers' Forum, Oct. 22). It is interesting to note that the top 50 percent of wage earners pay nearly 97 percent of income taxes and the top 5 percent pay nearly 65 percent of all income taxes. While it might be very comfortable for Morgan and others to accept the hard-earned money of taxpayers in funding the programs they enjoy — like public education — for me it would be very difficult to stomach the fact that the burden of my life, including the education of my children, was being funded by someone else, rather than the result of my own hard work. Sounds kind of like socialism.

Jeremy Roberts