Dear Ann Landers: Hold it right there! I take issue with your reply to "San Diego Sister" regarding the Internal Revenue Service. You listed all the wonderful benefits we get for our tax dollars. (I got red, white and blue in the face when I read it.) Maybe with your money, you live where there are safe streets. Most Americans don't. We live with bars on the windows, house alarms and car alarms.
Quality judges: I think not! We can't build prisons fast enough, and criminals are being released after having served one-third of their sentences because we can't house all of them.
As for the Social Security net, that's another laugh. After paying into it for years, who knows if it will be there when we retire? It's not the taxes we object to, Ann. It's the lack of services we get in return. I hope the American public jumped all over you for this one.
-- S.J., Md.
Dear S.J.: I received very little mail complaining about the column that caused you to get red, white and blue in the face. Come to think of it, I didn't get many compliments, either.
Just look around and see what people in other countries have to put up with, and you will thank your lucky stars that you live in America.
Trouble under the bed
Dear Ann Landers: I am a 15-year-old high school freshman. Yesterday, I found something that has me worried.
I was looking for my cat when I saw her run into my brother's room. I know he doesn't like her in there, so I went to get her out. When she ran under his bed, I grabbed a flashlight and looked underneath. I saw a lot of loose dollar bills, which isn't unusual, but when I grabbed the cat, I also happened to grab a large stack of bigger bills. This is when I started to get worried.
There were 20s, 10s, fives and a lot of singles. Altogether, my brother had more than $300. I don't want to think he is stealing from my parents, but I can't figure out where all this money came from. He gets money for his birthday and Christmas, and once in a while he sells one of his tapes to a friend, but he is only 17 and doesn't have a job. I've heard my parents complain that they are low on money.
I don't know what to do, Ann. Should I tell my parents what I saw, or should I confront my brother? Please help me out with this. I am . . .
-- Uneasy and Confused in California
Dear Uneasy and Confused: Confront your brother as soon as possible. Choose a moment when you can be alone with him and have plenty of time to talk. Give him a chance to offer an explanation. It's quite possible that he is totally innocent. If you are uncomfortable with his explanation, I suggest you talk to your parents about it and let them handle it.
Dear Ann Landers: There have been a couple of terrible auto/train accidents in Chicago recently. Even though you said you weren't going to print any more Burma Shave signs, would you please print this one as a warning to your readers?
-- Keep Me Anonymous, Please
He tried to cross.
A fast train appeared.
Death didn't draft him.
Dear Anon: Sadly, a lot of people who die in auto/train accidents volunteered.