Sen. Terry Sanford Letter to Dr. and Mrs. Keats Sparrow 13 January 198817 November 2011
Source: W. Keats Sparrow Papers (#13.1.d) East Carolina Manuscript Collection
Staff Person: Jonathan Dembo
Above is a letter from Senator Terry Sanford (D-NC) to East Carolina University Professor W. Keats Sparrow, dated 13 January 1988, in response to a letter from Prof. Sparrow on provisions of the current tax bill. Sparrow objected to a proposal passed by the House of Representatives and being considered in the Senate to disallow “future amortization of intangible assets, such as customer lists” in the tax code. Sanford expressed his concern that the economic cost to the taxpayers would be greater than the revenue received by the government and also opposed the provision. He wrote that he had discussed the matter with Senator Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX) and the staffs of the Senate Finance and Budget committees and when the final bill passed on 21 December 1987 it did not contain the provision that concerned Sparrow.
Prof. Sparrow (1942-2009) was a specialist in early North Carolina literature and technical and professional writing and wrote many articles and books in those fields. He had served as a faculty member and chairman of the English Department at East Carolina University for many years at the time he received this letter. From 1990 until his retirement in 2006, he served as Dean of ECU’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. Prof. Sparrow donated this and several other collections of manuscripts to the Manuscript and Rare Books Department of Joyner Library.
Posted by Jonathan Dembo under East Carolina Manuscript Collection, Format, Repository, family papers, letters (correspondence) and Tags: East Carolina University, English Department, Faculty, Lloyd Bentsen, politics, Taxes and Taxation, Terry Sanford, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, U. S. Senate Budget Committee, U. S. Senate Finance Committee, W. Keats Sparrow