Universities should set up trust funds for athletes

Re: "Money for college athletes: Not if, but how," Jan. 7

I agree that college athletes should share in the massive revenues they generate for their universities. They take the physical risk and give up some of the joy of being in college because their time is not their own while they are playing a sport.

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The way to do this, and also to restore some emphasis on the concept of a student athlete, would be to require each university to put a substantial sum (say $25,000) into a trust for each athlete for each year they are playing on scholarship. They would receive the accumulated funds on the day they graduate with a bachelor's degree.

If they don't graduate, they don't receive the money.

-- Donald E. Fry


Stop feeling sorry for the six-figure earners

Re: "'Hidden' tax to hit Md., Va. businesses extra-hard," Local Editorial, Jan. 6

I cannot believe you people. We all live in Washington's high-cost area, but you are so concerned about people making $ 250,000 and above. You seem to think that other people living here who are barely making $25,000 or $50,000 a year don't have the same costs. Don't they also have to buy food, pay for a place to live, provide for their children and send them to college?

If you make more, you should have to pay more. I am willing to bet that I pay more in taxes on my $54,000 salary than someone making $150,000 a year who can afford to pay for high-priced lawyers and accountants to find loopholes to keep them from really paying what they should be paying.

This country is all about money. If you don't have it, you are not considered worthy and you should not expect anything -- except higher costs.

And the nerve of Congress, which doesn't even work six months of the year, trying to get a raise when federal government employees, who are the ones who really keep this country moving, have not received a cost-of-living increase in almost three years.

-- Betty H. Perry


Cliff deal will hurt all taxpayers, not just rich ones

Re: "The good, bad & ugly of the 'fiscal cliff' deal," Jan. 1

I am concerned that Republican leaders are not communicating the impact of the "fiscal cliff" tax bill. This bill was a huge tax increase for everyone, not just the rich. Republicans need to get aggressive with facts that the average voter can relate to.

House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell should be hammering the media with the specifics of these tax increases, using words like "catastrophic," instead of just repeating over and over again that "we have to cut spending and not pass this mess on to our kids and grandkids."

But I don't believe current Republican leaders, other than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, are capable of doing this. They are media invalids. David Axelrod and James Carville are hideous, but they know how to attack and use the media against Republicans.

With Obama crushing all taxpayers with a huge tax increase and no reduction in spending, Republicans have been totally ineffective in making the case for the tragic consequences to the economy that will result.

-- Donald Brown

Sykesville, Md.