Relative to Alan Crawford’s Letter of the Day and his access to my waterfront property since he subsidizes my insurance with his tax dollars (“Shouldn’t we be entitled to the view, too?,” Oct. 31), Alan should keep in mind that the top 10 percent already pay 70 percent of the nation’s taxes. Those who earn enough to own waterfront property likely employ people, possibly like Alan. Too, we should keep in mind that the property taxes on waterfront properties are likely more than those of people who complain that some small part of the federal taxes they pay may actually come back to them in reduced premiums.
For the uninformed, and there are many, almost 50 percent of “taxpayers” end up not paying any income taxes. Some even receive an “earned income credit” which means they get back all they paid, including this “earned credit.”
But I have a deal for Mr. Crawford. I am selling my weekend house on the Weeki Wachee River for about half of what it was worth just a few years ago. One of the reasons is insurance rates have affected sales, and insurance is an issue for those requiring financing. But I agree with Alan that the government shouldn’t be in the business of subsidizing anyone or anything. We were all better off before that started to happen — you know, when we still abided by the Constitution. Now everyone has come to believe they are entitled to something. And now we can add to that entitlement to waterfront property. Call me. Perhaps we can help each other out, but expect to pay.