Could raising taxes on the wealthy stop charitable giving?

BY YOUR NAME Staff Writer email@opubco.com Published: September 24, 2012
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Thank you for “Raising taxes on wealthy would leave less to give” (Our Views, Sept. 17). Ever since President Obama stated this as a solution to reduce our national debt, I also wondered if the rich would then discontinue supporting our museums, sports arenas, college chairs and scholarships and the many other donations to worthy projects.

I trust the wealthy to spend their bounty to enrich our communities in a much better and economical way than our many government agencies. Look around at all the facilities that Oklahomans enjoy because of men like John E. Kirkpatrick, T. Boone Pickens, Edward K. and Edward L. Gaylord, and many corporations. Would they have been as generous if they had to pay more in taxes?

Patsy Rieger, Oklahoma City