Dear Editor:

The State of Illinois has been slowly dying from lack of funding. The state has cut funding to the University of Illinois. The result is that instead of hiring full-time tenure-track professors, they have been forced to hire adjuncts, a fancy name for part-timers.

Adjuncts can't possibly make a living teaching part-time. There is no future for them, and the university over time will end up with only a few who have grown and matured in their careers. A world-class institution will have been reduced to a sham.

The park system has suffered for years from budget cuts, leading to a reduction in staff and deferred maintenance. Visit the Mississippi Palisades State Park. Over the years, their staff has been cut by two-thirds. Visit Starved Rock State Park and witness a park which is being loved to death and a park staff without the resources to maintain the park. The existing parks need more money, and then the parks need more money to actually expand.

The Illinois State Police are underfunded and as a consequence retiring officers are not replaced, and now there are fewer officers on the roads and highways. This has made the roads more dangerous.

The Department of Children and Family Services cannot hire the staff it needs to care for the families who desperately need their help.

Mount Carroll gets a state grant for the library expansion, which covers only part of the cost. The city is so happy it finally received state aid for its sewer and water facility. But not enough to install solar panels as part of the project. One alderman said, "Oh, solar panels are too expensive anyway."

The city wants to plant some trees. There is no money. The city is trying to raise the money through donations. The city and townships need more money for basic street and road repairs.

We hear the cry over and over that there is no money. We hear ordinary people defending the rich, saying that the rich already pay taxes and the fair tax is unfair to the rich.

Nonsense. There is no money because six individuals own 50 percent of all the wealth in the entire U.S. Many major corporations pay little or no state or federal taxes. Just ask the president. The top one percent and the top 10 percent are stealing from us and our children. They are not only hurting state government, they are harming us and destroying our children's future.

All the fair tax wants to do is insist that the rich start paying taxes, start paying their fair share.

Chuck Wemstrom

Mount Carroll