Source: Sherman Publications

‘Question with boldness’

December 15, 2010

Dear Editor,

“Always check your statement for accuracy before you pay any bill.” That is good advice, especially in these tough economic times. Take your 2010 winter tax statement for example, wow that’s really a lot. It’s the biggest bill I get every year. But, wait just a minute, what are those numbers under total, amount and value? Why isn’t there a dollar sign ($) by any of those numbers? What should I remit? My phone, energy and credit card bills aren’t like that.

There is probably a good reason for the statement to be printed this way, but I just can’t think of what it is. Perhaps it’s required by law. I know that it would be crazy to think that this is fraud but, if it was, would you care? Maybe that pesky old Constitution for the United States of America has something to do with it. You know, Article I, Section 10 that says “No State shall . . . make any Thing but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of Debts; . . .” That would really be crazy!

Concerned citizens should “Question with boldness” according to Thomas Jefferson.

My question is, “What is current as the money of account of the United States and how much of it is a dollar quantity?”

Dominick Vincentini