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Posted: March 27, 2009 12:30 a.m.

On volunteerism

The last two administrations under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush both recognized the need for volunteerism; they both created new volunteerism bureaucracies.

We have civic groups in this country like the Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions that have been the backbone of civic volunteerism in this country and around the world for at least 100 years.

Every one of these worthwhile groups is declining in membership because there is no incentive for businesses to have employees volunteer.

Our suggestion is that tax breaks be given to businesses that encourage their employees to volunteer, as well as for those who actually do give of their time and efforts to better their community.

We do not need another national volunteer group created; we need to support for the ones we have.


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