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How progressive is our system?

On Jan. 15, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) released a report ranking the states in terms of how progressive their tax systems are. A “progressive” tax system is one that asks wealthier taxpayers to pay more of their income than poorer taxpayers. Most states rely upon some form of net income tax and some form of sales tax. Sales taxes tend to have flat rates and, therefore, are regressive. Income taxes tend to have brackets, with taxpayers with higher incomes are exposed to higher tax rates and are progressive.

Many islanders live healthy by eating well with low stress

A trip to so called Third World countries of the tropics can be very enlightening in some unexpected ways. We are on our way to French Polynesia and plan to travel by local transportation to a few of the less developed islands like Huahine, Tahaa and Raiatea. We plan to learn more about what tropical fruits besides banana, breadfuit and coconut are used and how this is related to the health of the islanders.

Hollender teaching botanical drawing techniques

Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo hosts botanical artist, instructor and author Wendy Hollender for a two-day workshop March 5 and 6. Hollender will teach the techniques outlined in her book, “Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color” published by Random House.

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Parker School lists honor students

Parker School has announced its first trimester headmaster’s list and honor roll. Students on the headmaster’s list earned grade point averages of 3.75 or higher. Honor roll students earned GPAs of 3.5 or higher.

How to love your veggies

Who among us has not resolved to eat more vegetables at some point? You might have actually followed through and discovered one or two that you could tolerate on a regular basis. Carrots and salad greens are probably the easiest and most familiar. But even these easy-to-eat veggies can get boring. What if you had a few tricks to keep your taste buds engaged?