Letters to the Editor

Boucher letter: Day care costs

It’s ludicrous that upper-income people who decide to take a $30,000 pay cut to move to this area now complain about the cost of day care. Apparently, these individuals would like to see the rest of society pay for the care of their children. That would include all the lower class, minimum-wage earners, elderly, retired and singles (those who have no children). The most vulnerable people in society.

Raising children and keeping a house, while working or not, one should expect the parent to have some fundamental knowledge of money management. If children are a burden, financially, consideration should have been given to expenses before embarking on creating a family. Figures on raising a child until 18 years of age are available.

Attempting to foist one’s expenses for child rearing on other classes of taxpayers is irresponsible. The above-enumerated classes should be totally exempt from any such class. After all, they are not in a position to follow Leona Helmsley’s dictum, “We don’t pay taxes, only the little people pay taxes.”

Parents are responsible for their children; that includes all costs of raising them.

Harold E. Boucher, Meridian

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