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Wheaton deserves credit for tax cut

The city of Wheaton recently voted to decrease its property tax levy by more than $20,000. It is encouraging to see a city where revenues are ahead of expenditures, and where this can be accomplished even as taxes are being lowered.

Over the last few years, the city has continued to maintain positive account balances by finding the right mix of expenditures and tax revenue. Now, as the economy continues to rebound, the city is able to decrease property taxes while still keeping a positive balance in the budget. The city government deserves some recognition for the accomplishment.

Property taxes are clearly a vital source of income to the city, and for the city government to be able to reduce them sends a strong message to the community of fiscal responsibility. It is encouraging to see that the city officials view the tax dollars as a scarce resource and our anxious to return lower them when possible. The fiscal future of the city looks bright.

Andrew Hopkins

Wheaton

Support for gays misstates theology

In "Letter hurtful to gays, lesbians" (Dec. 12), the letter writer expressed being offended by a previously printed letter which articulated "hate and religion-based bigotry." Whereas his feelings are understandable, as he stated several times that God designed gay people that way, his theology misses the mark with Christianity.

The Bible does call homosexuality sin in both the Old and New Testaments. God does not make anyone sinful, and yet all of us are sinful. When we say about ourselves, "It is just my nature," then that is precisely the problem.

Ephesians 4:21-24 says, "Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. …