To The Herald-Whig:

It's remarkable no matter how one looks at it. In this part of Illinois, either we have more than our share of the top 3% of income earners who, by the way, are living below their means, or we have those fortunate individuals who are related to a 3 percenter and are sure they are in the will.

This is a conclusion one could easily get by looking at the yard signs telling voters to reject the proposed amendment for a progressive income tax that will only increase taxes on the wealthiest 3% in our state.

Of course, there are other possible explanations. Maybe the word "progressive" scares people because they imagine radical democratic socialists will ruin the state with other progressive ideas, given enough tax dollars to spend. Or maybe it is knee-jerk Republicans who reject anything a Democratic administration proposes, even if it's good for them personally.

It could be the answer is faith-based. The people against the progressive tax amendment could just be folks who play the lottery and feel lucky. Whatever the reason is, we need those wealthiest among us to pay their fair share of taxes so the middle class and the rest of us working folk don't have carry the load.

Steve Miller

Nauvoo, Ill.

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