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Donations are tax-deductible

To the Editor:
As the Herald has written stories about recently, the East Rockaway schools and the East Rockaway Public Library have sustained damage from Hurricane Sandy — but good news! All cash donations to either the school district or library, made to offset the cost of repairs and replacement of learning materials, is fully deductible to the limits set by the Internal Revenue Service.
Many new citizens in our country were not allowed to support public education and public libraries in their land of birth, so they have avoided supporting these entities with cash donations to the East Rockaway schools and other school systems and libraries. Giving to public schools was approved in the early 1970s when the North Haven Public Schools in Connecticut sought and obtained a letter of approval for public cash donations to the schools from the IRS. 
As director of curriculum and instruction at North Haven, I was the recipient of that letter. What followed was publication of the correspondence in the New Haven Register, and since then, foreign-born American citizens began making major donations to the school system.
Perhaps new East Rockaway citizens will consider coming to aid of their and other childrens’ schools and library!

Dave Shafer
Rockville Centre


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I think it is time that the Students of South Side High School come to grips with the fact that a $32+ Million Bond issue which would impose a $200 yearly increase for thirty years to the School Taxes for every household in Rockville Centre. Most SSHS students who will graduate in the future will go on to college (if affordable), join the military (if we still have one) or just move on to greener pastures (if the planet still has any left).

My point is that those of us who would have to suffer another economic burdon by remaining here in "Good Old RVC" with an additional $200 yearly cost around our necks, additional tax increases that are bound to be levied upon us, in thirty yeas, Gas price increases, Food cost increases and an economy thart will STILL be struggling to pay the National debt.

To be BLUNT kids, maybe your parents have the dough to flip in $200 increase a year just to have you run around on artificial turf for a couple of ball games, or track meets, and build additional classrooms on to the current High School so you will "have more space" to Twitter and Tweet each other more comfortably, but those of us who are Senior Citizens on fixed incomes, or victims of a battered economy, unemployed or financially strapped, just cannot afford what you consider needed niceties. We ALL have to make sacrifices in this Country today. Each penny counts to most of us. $32+ Million dollars is OUTRAGEOUS !!!!!

I suggest that we all just sit back and realize the national economic situation and call a 5 year moratorium on spending.

Do with what we have and hope that the future will be better and we can afford things again soon. Don't use President Obama's failed policies on spending, or sooner than we know, the School budget will be in the "Trillions of Dollars". I urge the RVC Voters to vote "NO" on March 19th.

Mickey Clark

25 North Forest Ave.

Rockville Centre, NY 11570




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