What If ... Churches Were Not Tax Exempt?

If I were to suggest that in order to pay off the national debt, it would be as simple as asking the 450,000 religious churches to start paying taxes, what would you say?Credit Image: Val Entertainment on Flickr...more
 @Just_Margaret  I certainly agree, Margaret.  Money is about the only thing that doesn't run ...more

What If ... Churches Were Not Tax Exempt?

If I were to suggest that in order to pay off the national debt, it would be as simple as asking the 450,000 religious churches to start paying taxes, what would you say?Credit Image: Val Entertainment on Flickr...more
 @JustJasmine I guess it would depend on what kind of 'help' they are giving?  <smile>more

What If ... Churches Were Not Tax Exempt?

If I were to suggest that in order to pay off the national debt, it would be as simple as asking the 450,000 religious churches to start paying taxes, what would you say?Credit Image: Val Entertainment on Flickr...more
 @Just_Margaret  @Cindyhuber  Oh boy, another favorite subject of mine.  Tthe FICA ceiling when ...more

What If ... Churches Were Not Tax Exempt?

If I were to suggest that in order to pay off the national debt, it would be as simple as asking the 450,000 religious churches to start paying taxes, what would you say?Credit Image: Val Entertainment on Flickr...more
 @mrlady  @Cindyhuber  when I was on Unemployment in North Carolina, federal taxes were deducted ...more

What If ... Churches Were Not Tax Exempt?

If I were to suggest that in order to pay off the national debt, it would be as simple as asking the 450,000 religious churches to start paying taxes, what would you say?Credit Image: Val Entertainment on Flickr...more
 @Cindyhuber  I'd be interested in the source of your research regarding 49% of Americans who ...more

What If ... Churches Were Not Tax Exempt?

If I were to suggest that in order to pay off the national debt, it would be as simple as asking the 450,000 religious churches to start paying taxes, what would you say?Credit Image: Val Entertainment on Flickr...more
 @carolinabeckey  I would be interesed in knowing exactly how much of their funds goes to ...more

What If ... Churches Were Not Tax Exempt?

If I were to suggest that in order to pay off the national debt, it would be as simple as asking the 450,000 religious churches to start paying taxes, what would you say?Credit Image: Val Entertainment on Flickr...more
 @sarahmichal  I appreciate your statement stating that they pay their fair share.  Not to get ...more

Holiday Traditions. We Are Family!

With Easter coming up in the near future, I can’t help but reflect on the traditions that we, as a family, have established.  We are totally lacking in holiday experience due to the unusual circumstances surrounding our background.  So… we have created our own madcap idea of traditions.  I am part of a huge family.  Once we left the quagmire of the past and stepped into the future, it took a few years of doing before we came up with what we call our new tradition. ...more
 @sarahmichal  Sneaky and fast!!  This will be Zaiden's first year.  Thanks for your comment, ...more

Farewell and Peace, My Sister

Dani Dittman Bower crossed over on January 11, 2011 from Luekemia.  She was just 46 years old and my youngest sister.  A year has passed since the death of my baby sister.  I have read that she was a loving and caring mother. A distant relative was gracious enough to inform of her terminal illness just seven hours before her death.  The pain and sorrow in my heart burst forth in a way that I wll never be able to put into words.  She was just 46 years old and left behind a young son.  I don't ...more
 @OdalisRoblesFigueroa  It is difficult, isn't it?  Then again, what a wonderful gift from your ...more

The Single Ornament and the Little Tree

I was 44 when I celebrated my very first Christmas.  I prodded on with no idea of what I was doing.  My boss, at the time, presented me my very first ornament.  I still have it to this day; a lovely bell with pretty green and red ribbon.  I was very pleased.  I took it home and hung it on a plant; admired it and thought I was pretty darn cool.  Of course, I knew the obvious, presents were involved.  I went out and bought gifts for my daughter and her family and shipped the packages all off to Virginia.  I think I had more fun choosing and wrapping...more
 @sarahmichal  We sure did have fun, didn't we?  Slopping through life together trying to figure ...more