Thursday, May 30, 2013

Don't Forget Father's Day!

What does Father's Day mean to you? It's bittersweet for me - I miss my Dad so much. And my children's dad died when they were very young. But David has been a wonderful father to them. And I couldn't ask for my son and son-in-law to be better father's than they are!

There is an old saying 'Anyone can be a Dad, but it takes a special man to be a Father!'  So here's to all the Father's out there - have a wonderful day as your family honors you.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What Is Memorial Day?


Memorial Day is a Federal Holiday in the United States  which occurs every year on the final Monday of May. It was originally known as Decoration Day - a time to honor the Union and Confederate Soldiers that died during the Civil War. It is now a day to remember all the men and women who died while in military service.

As you go about your holiday weekend celebrating with your family or shopping the sales, don't forget the men and women who have sacrificed so much so that you can have this holiday weekend. The picture above was taken at Arlington National Cemetary. If you ever get to DC, it is an inspiring place of remembrance. Be sure to visit.

Have a safe and happy holiday. Don't drink and drive or text while driving. Have fun, but don't forget what we are really celebrating!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Tell Congress to Oppose the So-Called Marketplace Fairness Act!

I am writing today to express my disapproval of the proposed Internet Sales Tax. The internet tax would force many small business owners to become tax collectors for every state across America and open them up to audits and litigation in states hundreds of miles away from where they live and work.

How many State tax forms do you fill out? How would you feel if you had to fill out one for every state that has a sales tax? Even with software to figure out how much is owed in about
9600 jurisdictions, it is still time consuming.

Senator Durbin stated Monday that "If you don't wish to sell to residents in IL, then don't". Sellers on ebay and Amazon are not allowed to do that. And many of them are Mom & Pop type businesses that operate out of their home.

States have some crazy laws out there. Currently in New Jersey, bottled water and cookies are exempt from sales tax, but bottled soda and candy are taxable. In Rhode Island, buying a mink handbag is taxed but a mink fur coat is not. In Pennsylvania, baby bottles are taxed, but baby bottle nipples are not. Complying with an internet sales tax is not as easy as it sounds!

Foreign sellers are not included in this bill, and there would be no way to enforce it if it were. So instead of shifting sales from online to brick and mortar retail stores, it might suceed in shifting them from US online merchants to foreign ones!

This proposal also raises privacy concerns. In order to collect the proposed remote sales tax, businesses would be forced to send personal information about their businesses to a host of state revenue departments, instead of just the one in their home state. And in the case of an audit, businesses would have to demonstrate where purchases came from, which affects customers' privacy.

I have many other concerns about this proposed legislation, but bottom line it is a bad idea, a bad bill and it will harm small businesses. The 1 million dollar threshold is way too low, and as it stands now is not tied to inflation. It encourages bigger government and more intrusion into our lives.

Please take a few minutes to go to and contact your representative and tell them to  oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act.

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