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Father’s Day is for single mothers, too

President Barack Obam| AP file photo

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Updated: July 25, 2013 6:09AM

Father’s Day is for single mothers, too

I have never been so incensed as to pen a response to an article as I was after reading John Fountain’s on June 20, “Mothers Can’t Be Fathers Too.” Do you think that I along with thousands of other single moms set out to be a statistic of single motherhood? Perhaps I am wrong and missed your article telling fathers to man up and be there for their children. I’m the one taking my child to Cub Scout meetings, going camping, hiking, playing football with him, and teaching him to stand up for himself. Sure, all the children of single mothers have fathers, but single mothers are raising them and doing the job of the father. “Can a brother have just one day?” If I do someone else’s job, I better get credit for it. Don’t slap single mothers in the face by denying us the earned right to celebrate Father’s Day. If we are pulling double duty, pulling the weight of two parents, then we sure have earned it. Biologically, yes, we lack the equipment to be a man, but what we don’t lack it is what counts to be a parent: love and responsibility.

Joh Collins, Bolingbrook

Replace income tax

Last week was proclaimed “National Small Business Week” by President Barack Obama. Even with this positive affirmation, the number of individuals hired by new businesses in the last year has been relatively flat, barely replacing those individuals who were employed by businesses that have died during that same time period. Is there something more the government could do?

What the government could do is eliminate the uncertainty of an IRS tax code! The current code is a mess and the enforcement is inconsistent. The current code erects a barrier to entry so high that many good business ideas are never attempted. They would provide a service or product and employ people.

The only way our government can eliminate the IRS threat and messy code is to implement the FairTax. With the FairTax, a national consumption tax on retail sales that would replace all federal income taxes, the government is totally funded, less economically fortunate people are not penalized and small business and individuals have a simple consistent tax code by which they can budget and pursue their objectives.

Ruth Pickett, the Loop

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