Republicans and taxpayers should be joyous that after decades, stretching from the Reagan years, we have some proposed tax cuts and revisions to our very complicated tax codes. There is still a lot of work to be done in conference committee and I hope Democrats will join this process and make useful suggestions.
I would hope we keep deductions to donations to nonprofits that help so many people, especially the poor, sick, aged, homeless and dependent children from broken homes. Church groups are unsung heroes of philanthropy, giving dollars, food, housing and support to millions of people across America and asking nothing in return.
My Denver Lions Club rings the bells for the Salvation Army every Christmas season, and I’ve stood out on a cold corner ringing a little bell with a red apron asking people to drop coins and dollars into the bucket. It is amazing to see the generosity of people as they recognize and appreciate the work of the Salvation Army. When you enter or depart that King Soopers, put some change in that red bucket. The Salvation Army has really had a challenging year and have been active in all of these flood and hurricane areas.
Lastly, when looking for gifts, remember the stores in areas where you live and shop locally. Local owners are the backbone of our free-enterprise system, and this holidays season is vital to all small businesses.
Toss the catalogues away and purchase local inventory. Our schools, city and county governments depend upon your sales tax, funding services such as police, fire and schoolteachers.
Sales tax is the glue that holds our cities together.
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