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UNITED WAY: Tax would pose a problem

Letter by Robert J. Patterson, Puyallup on May 16, 2011 at 9:42 am | 24 Comments »
May 16, 2011 1:57 pm

Re: “Tax issues may hit ballot” (TNT, 5-8).

I vividly remember being pressured by my employer to “voluntarily” donate to United Way even though there is one member of United Way that I have moral and ethical problems with. I am now retired and donate items (some used, some new), time and money to five charities throughout the year. Much of it is never claimed on my taxes.

I still have moral and ethical problems with that same organization that is a member of United Way. If a tax (required “voluntary donation”) is passed, I will no longer give to those organizations because they will receive my “voluntary donations” through United Way at the point of a gun.

So who wins? The recipients of donations or the overpaid leaders of United Way?

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