Darian Worden has a sensible piece at the Center for a
Stateless Society on how to
Build Liberty From the Ground
Up. “If you want to be effective at increasing freedom,” says Worden,
“your daily activity should be consistent with the principles of
Shamokin, Pa., —
Small taxpayers of Coal Twp.,
already beset by a walkout of school teachers because of unpaid salaries,
considered calling a tax strike of
their own to force large coal companies to pay their delinquent levies. The
township once was a prosperous anthracite community.
With no immediate aid in prospect, the nearly 200 teachers here and in
Gilberton faced the necessity of going on relief or seeking other jobs, even
in bootleg coal mines. Some 6000 pupils were on an unexpected vacation and,
unless the State steps in, likely will not return to school for the remainder
of the year. School buildings were locked and blinds drawn, as about 50
maintenance employes also walked out with the teachers.
62 Teachers on Relief
A total of 62 Coal Twp.
teachers already are on relief.
A group of 300 angry taxpayers met last night to discuss the situation.
“If the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron
Co., Lehigh and other coal
corporations don’t pay their taxes, you and I will refuse to pay ours until
such time as the companies pay up,” George Rumberger, a member of the United
Mine Workers, told the gathering.
It was pointed out that the Philadelphia and Reading owes the township taxes
on nine million dollars in property, more than 70 per cent of the taxable
wealth. Federal Judge Oliver B. Dickinson has declined on jurisdictional
grounds to order the 95 million dollar anthracite concern, now undergoing
reorganization under Section 77-B of the National Bankruptcy Act, to pay
more than $939,000 in delinquent delinquent taxes owed to about 18 school and poor districts.…