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As I Was Saying
By Opal Toney

Curiosity stirred . . .
I used to enjoy goin’ on trips, seein’ the country, visit kinfolks and meet new people.
But as time goes by it seems I like for others to go, and then tell me all about their adventure.
And recently, that’s what happened when Daughter #3 and one of my son-in-laws returned from a short vacation.
By the way I can’t number my son-in-laws like I have my girls.
Both of ‘em wanta’ be #1. So what am I to do?
Anyway, when they got back, Daughter #3 told me about a small town they visited.
Only 40 people live there and that fascinated her, and it did me too, as I listened. It stirred up my curiosity.
She said people were very nice and polite. But I’m sure she didn’t meet them all.
But if I ever make it out there I’ll do my best to see every one of ‘em and ask a lot of questions.
I keep thinkin’ about the whole thing, wonderin’ what it would be like to live like that.
But first, I would want my family around, like most of ‘em are now.
And we all get together, which happens often, with a few phone calls – or by word of mouth.
I did a little more thinkin’ and some figuring.
And come to find out, includin’ me, there are at least 40 of us, “immediate” family.
Enough to have our own town, but then add all of our other close family members and our many friends, and I know it would be impossible to stop at 40.
I’m sure a town of any size takes a lot of work and plannin’ to make things go well, and it’s true with a family.
As I was saying, it all stirred up my curiosity.


Hensarling seeks repeal of ‘death tax’
By U.S. Cong. Jeb Hensarling
Special to The Monitor

WASHINGTON, D.C.–As you probably know, the death tax is an unfair double tax on saving and investment, which has had a devastating effect on family-owned farms and small businesses.
The death tax is really a tax on the American Dream.
Americans work hard all their lives to build farms and small businesses in hope that one day they might pass it along to their families.
But after years of payroll taxes, income taxes, sales taxes and property taxes, many family businesses just don’t make it. And those that do?
The government can step in and take over half of what they have worked their entire life to build.
I grew up working on a farm and I represent a large portion of rural Texas. Rural Texas is a great place to live, but sometimes it can be a challenging place to earn a good living.
A while back I spoke with a rancher from the Fifth District.
He had worked nearly 30 years building his cattle ranch. His greatest dream is to leave that ranch to his family one day. But with sadness in his voice he told me, “By the time the government takes its share, there simply is not enough to go around.”
It is not fair to take that man’s ranch. It is not fair that Americans are being taxed twice on the same income. And it is certainly not fair that the federal government can automatically “inherit” 55 percent of a family farm, family business or family nest egg.
Under current law, the Death Tax will return in full force in 2011, constituting the largest tax increase in U.S. history.
I hope my colleagues in the Senate will agree: it is time to finally put the death tax to rest. It is time to help American families, farms and small businesses resurrect the American dream.