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Have you heard of the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill, HR 2483? This legislation would affirm the religious freedom of taxpayers who are conscientiously opposed to participation in war, and would provide that the federal taxes of such taxpayers be used for nonmilitary purposes. Creating the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund as a repository of such tax payments would increase tax revenues above what they currently amount to.

Myself, I believe tax revenues should be used for constructive purposes, not destruction. There is much this country could be doing, with our wealth, to relieve suffering in the world today.

Consider that about one out of three federal income tax dollars will be used by the federal government to pay for current military purposes. What if we used this money instead to reduce the likelihood of future wars?

I never want to be in a position to inflict harm on anyone who has done me an injustice, because I do not trust my reaction to be prudent or beneficial in such circumstances. Nor do I trust any government to be so. Let's get behind this legislation and create a viable alternative for those of us who do not see war as an answer to the world's problems.

Patricia Hogan,

Missoula

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