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2013-09-05 / General Stories

One Nation Under Fire

By The Patriot

Apparently many people in our country have short memories.

At least it seems that way when I hear this kind of comment.

“I don’t know why I have to pay taxes when I don’t have any kids in school.”

Forgotten are their own school days when many folks who did not have children in school paid taxes so that they could have an education.

A second statement often accompanies the first.

“I don’t know why these kids need all that fancy stuff when we got by just fine without it. It just raises my taxes.”

Quite often that declaration is made by the same person who just bought a new truck or a new tractor or a better breed of cow. In all those instances, “getting by just fine” did not seem to be adequate for the present moment.

The same conversation will also include comments about the high cost of living, those who won’t work, and the escalating crime rate. Every one of those has been associated with poor education or a lack of education.

Listen. I hate taxes as much as anyone, but I do not let that get in the way of my appreciation for those who paid them anyway so that I could learn to write. It helps a lot when it comes to column time.

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