January 7

In his Jan. 3 letter [“Grand gestures with others’ money”] objecting to letter writer Evan Macbeth’s request for his taxes to be increased, Jordan G. Gama did not acknowledge that his contributions to charities are subsidized significantly by those who pay state and federal income taxes. This non-trivial subsidy is provided for by law. Contributing to charities not only benefits those organizations but also significantly reduces the tax obligations of the donor — and thereby increases the burden on other taxpayers, such as Mr. Macbeth.

The flow of money to and from Mr. Gama’s wallet is not as clear-cut as he made it out to be.

Robert Braxton, Fairfax