Collector: At this festive time of year, Mr. Scrooge, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute.
Scrooge: Are there no prisons?
Collector: Plenty of prisons.
Scrooge: And the union workhouses - are they still in operation?
Collector: They are. I wish I could say they were not.
Scrooge: Oh, from what you said at first I was afraid that something had happened to stop them in their useful course. I'm very glad to hear it.
— Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, 1843
In your August 1, 2013, edition, in a story entitled “Upcoming tax-free weekend to be one of the last in N.C.,” Senator Jim Davis is quoted regarding the state’s termination of the tax-free weekend. “This is one of the ways we are trying to make the tax code in North Carolina simpler… [w]e’re just closing another loop-hole.” A loophole? Allowing parents to save 6.75 percent off school supplies for three days out of an entire year is a “loophole?”