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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 04, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 9',
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LETTERS TO EDITOR
SHE'S "FOR BABIES!
Editor Day Book Relating to your
article of Dec. 24 on. why have babies,
it appears to me a most abominable
question applied to a good, home-loving
motherly woman like Mrs. Good
man. In my opinion they ought to ap
point far more respectable women as
leaders of their so-called Christian
charitably Inclined organizations. The
rich women have no time to bother
with babies, and the poor, unfortun
ate woman is condemned and classed
ignorant and insane for having
babies, although it is her only joy on
And yet these inhuman creatures
would deprive a poor woman like Mrs.
Goodman of her last joy on earth.
These same would-be Christians
will also condemn race suicide. I be
lieve Mrs. Goodman ought to be pre
sented with a gold medal for main
taining her mother love toward her
babies in spite of all her novertv.
Many a woman in her shoes wouldl
desert all and seek freedom from her
intolerable hardships. Mrs. Louise
Cuthbert, 1329 Clyborn av.
ABOUT VACANT LOTS
Editor Day Book In referring to
taxation of vacant lots a little consid
eration will show that, it would do
little good, if that were all that is
done. Mr. Hunt will agree with me
on the whole propositidn when he
considers it .
Taxation of vacant lots with the
view to compel owners to sell would
be unequal taxation and hense un
just. If carried to the point of forc
ing owners to sell it would no doubt
force the use -of many lots and stim
ulate the building trade. But if so it
would cause the shifting of labor'
from other points to Chicago and
cause an advance-temporarily of -land
values in which the owners of im
proved lots would have the advantage
of vacaijpjowjxejcs -m. pooces&jjf
utilization. What temporary advan
tage might come to a part of our pop
ulation woukl soon be lost
All land owners should be taxed a&-,
cording to the value of the land they
own. No discrimination should be
made between vacant and used land.
The ownership of land is a privilege
given by the community which has a.
value in the market, a value that
gives the owner power to levy tribute
on his fellow men. It forces non
landowners to pay landowners for
the privilege of living on the earth
and working to sustain life.
This tribute is called in political
economy, rent. 1 represents a value
brought to the location by the peo
ple of the community and the owner
does nothing to create this value.
What all the people produce should
be taken by all the people and used,
for the benefit of all the people.
In the process of getting this value
if we fail to consider the taxes that
are levied by governments on the
wealth producing forces of the com
munity we shall do as much harm as
Taxing land values demands as a'
complementary the exemption of alt
other things from taxation so that)
labor and capital shall be free fronu
restrictions and untrammelled in4
their work of wealth producing.
So it is misleading to set up the
taxation of vacant lots as a remedy,
for poverty or unemployment. At its!
best it would be Hke a narcotic giveal
a victim of appendicitis, and has also
the defect of injustice.
The vacant lot owner is no more
to blame than any other lot owner
We have given all landowners the"
privilege of taxing all non-landowners
and each one does what he
thinks is the most profitable with the1
gift. The vacant lot owner often loses
in the game by the shifting of land?;
values. The -owner who improves'
often loses from the same cause, but
on the whole the business of land
owning is very profitable or it would
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