To the Editor:

I read with some bewilderment the letter in last week's edition from Mr. Shumacher on the KWTP opposing this budget year's real estate tax increase after supporting last year's tax increase on the residents of West Point ("King William Tea Party changes mind on tax increases"). I would only ask that anyone who makes a statement like that provide some evidence to support it.

The KWTP has never supported a tax increase on anyone. We have consistently advocated reductions in spending and we have a five-year history we can point to of just that position.

We have and will continue to raise the issue of the tax code, at every level of government, illustrating how the code is now used as the currency of elected officials, giving preferential treatment to select groups and individuals who make up what Dr. Laura Ingraham called the "donor class" when she visited Glen Allen on Tuesday, June 3.

If Mr. Shumacher has something that shows the KWTP called for or advocated higher taxes on the residents of West Point then I suggest he make that public.  Furthermore, if Mr. Shumacher is opposed to tax increases, I suggest he do 1 of 2 things.  Join us or put forward and advocate specific spending cuts he recommends the King William Board of Supervisors and West Point Town Council take under advisement. Otherwise his criticism falls under the definition of "carping."

Bob Shannon 

Central Garage