Letters to the Editor

Belated thank you

Dear Editor:

The Friends of Charlestown High School would like to thank (rather belatedly) all of those who supported Charlestown High’s participation in Pride Week this past June (June 9-14).  With the support of State Senator Sal DiDomenico, State Rep Dan Ryan, City Councilor Sal LaMattina, Attorney Pat Sweeney, and members of the Stove Factory Artists, students and faculty at Charlestown High were able to participate in the Charlestown Open Market, run in the Road Race, proudly wear CHS T-Shirts, ride in the Parade, and host the very successful Art Fair.  We are also grateful to the many volunteers – CHS faculty and Charlestown residents – who gave so much of their time and talent to help create such a terrific week for Charlestown High!

Barbara Babin, Co-Chair

Friends of Charlestown High

Opposed to to increase on alcohol sales

Dear Editor,

 I am writing to express my opposition to the proposed 2 percent tax increase on all alcohol sales in the City of Boston. Below I have listed just a few reasons why I am against this proposal.

 -Nearly 50% of the average cost of a bottle of spirits sold in the City of Boston goes to pay taxes.

 -Our local liquor stores and restaurants will be at a competitive disadvantage due to this tax increase. This tax will encourage city residents and tourists to spend their money outside the city limits.

 -The City of Boston has collected nearly $120 million in food and beverage taxes with the imposition of the local option sales tax established in 2010.

 -When beverage alcohol taxes are raised, it is the working poor who are most affected. Over one-third of all beverage alcohol consumers(spirits, beer, wine) come from households having income of less than $50K.

 John  McDonnell

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