Letters to the Editor

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Tag: charity


STORES: Stop asking us to make donations

I have been holding off on writing this, but it has gotten to the point that the continual begging by retail establishments is getting past the point of being ridiculous. In making three stops today, I was hounded by the cashiers about rounding up my purchase and donating to some unnamed charity.

This is getting old, and I have begun taking my business to other establishments that do not hound me when I make a purchase. This is not just one or two particular stores but it covers grocery stores, children stores, pet stores and convenience stores.

Corporate managers should

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NORTH KOREA: Feed our own hungry first

Re: “Charities seek help online, find it” (TNT, 12-19).

The front-page article tells how charities are finding help online in these very lean times to get volunteers and donations to feed homeless Americans. Then I read (TNT, 12-19)  that our government is getting ready to send 240,000 tons of food to North Korea. Yes, North Korea.

Perhaps we need accountability from those we have elected and sent to Washington, D.C., on why we have children and adults in the Untied States going hungry every day, yet we are going to supply food to a country that hates us.

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TAXES: Consider giving your IRA to charity

Re: ”Consider all your options for required distributions” (Gary Brooks column, 11-4).

Brooks left out one, very important option: This year, folks like me, who are over 70½, can avoid paying federal taxes on their Required Minimal Deduction (RMD) from their traditional IRAs by instructing their IRA custodian to directly transfer a portion or all (up to $100,000) of their RMD to a 501(c)(3) charity of their choice.

This option is unlikely to be available in future years. Many worthy charities are suffering severe economic woes in today’s economy. Check it out with your financial institution.