The new tax law will have a chilling effect on charitable giving. Using myself as an example; prior to the new tax law I gave one percent of my disposable income. And I itemized, using that money as a type of deduction along with property tax and some others.

Now, with the larger blanket deduction, there is no need for me to itemize. Therefore, there is no tax incentive for me to give to charity. So far this year, I have only supported the local churches I attend.

Speaking of churches, many of us like to pray in church. We pray silently and we pray along with the pastor. But why is a prayer offered in government meetings? Some of the people in those meetings attend church and some don't. Instead of praying they should be working together to solve problems. And what are they doing instead, notably in Washington DC? Lying, taking bribes from lobbyists, praising themselves with long winded speeches, and preventing the opposition from winning.

Quoting Jesus, "And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward."

Quoting me, "Stop praying and stop lying and stop taking bribes."

On a different subject, I got a kick out of the letter to editor that claimed that "women of 2019 in our country seem to dislike men overall much more so than did the women of past decades …" The writer offered impeccable credentials, but not much evidence. It appears he is assuming that the 'me too' movement represents a basic dislike of men. Actually it only represents a dislike of, shall we say, intrusive men. At the worst, it's a method of harming a man that a woman doesn't like, but it's limited to individual cases.

Bill Carey

Richmond

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