Barbara RiggsBarbara L. Riggs, 83, of Conway Springs departed this life March 2, 2015Â at her home following a brave battle with breast cancer.She was born February 3, 1932 at Conway Springs, Kansas; the youngest daughter of Jacob Arthur Plaugher and Frances Willard Reeves Plaugher. Barbara was raised in Conway Springs and attended the Malaby Rural School through the 8th grade.Â She attended Conway Springs High School where she enjoyed playing basketball and was the Homecoming Football Queen her senior year. She graduated with the class of 1950. After high school, Barbara began working as the elevator operator at Buck’s Department Store in Wichita. She also worked in a local insurance office in Wichita.Barbara was united in marriage to Charles Ray Riggs on December 3, 1950 at the First Christian Church in Conway Springs. They built a home southwest of Conway Springs in 1954 where they farmed and raised their family of three daughters.Barbara grew up in the Church of the Brethren in Conway Springs, where at the age of 14 she became the church pianist and a Sunday School teacher forÂ several years.Â After marriage, sheÂ became a member of the First Christian Church Conway Springs and served as the Christian Women’s Fellowship president,Â a Sunday School teacher, and was alsoÂ the church pianist forÂ nearlyÂ 60 years. She was an active member of the Just Friends Club, EHU, the Merry Matrons Club, and the American Legion Auxiliary. In addition, Barbara was a great supporter of local school activities. She served two years on the USD 356 Board of Education in Conway Springs.Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Arvada Walkup.She is survived by her husbandÂ Chuck Riggs of the home;Â three daughters: Janalee Seiwert (Greg) of Wichita, Kansas; Luann Dennis (JD) of Parma, Idaho; Christy Chitwood (Mike) of Colman, South Dakota; six grandchildren: Amy Chitwood, Mat Chitwood, Kelli Wysocki, Neal Seiwert, Tad Gale, and Ben Gale; andÂ two great-grandchildren: Noelle Thorpe and Haily Chitwood.Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015 from the United Methodist Church, Conway Springs, with Neal Seiwert officiating. Interment will be in Conway Springs Cemetery, Conway Springs, Kansas.Â Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs is in charge of arrangements. On line condolences and guest book are available at www.ebersolemortuary.com.Memorials have been established to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or the Conway Springs City Library.
Dear Editor,From my understanding of a press statement made by the Finance Minister and which was seen by me for the first time in 2017, a laid down principle was provided for old age pensioners countrywide to benefit from tax exemption on their savings accounts.The relief was considered to be helpful with the savings as we all know, no matter how infinitesimal becoming ever so important to have especially when exigency arises.For the year, as a recipient of the relevant particulars that were given at Anna Regina Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) office for withholding tax which expires at the end of each year and it was granted to me.But for this year a similar request was rejected without given any reason even though the same was done as the previous one with the only difference being another female who made me to understand that it is at the discretion of the GRA to do so but her explanation did not find favour with me. This disparity is ever so much confusing and remains beyond my understanding with something definitely wrong for my humble opinion discretion is not applicable and totally irrelevant to this issue.From my point of view, once the withholding tax becomes discretionable, it will obviously create an opening for corruption as it would be possible for anyone to pay and get one.The Minister’s statement to me is ever so much pellucid on the entitlement of tax relief from which pensioners stand to benefit and must be so confined within the ambit of the law.With GRA doing otherwise to now reject my request, some form of clarity along the line becomes necessary as a matter of public interest.Yours faithfully,Baliram Persaud