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TRANSIT: I’ve got mine, too bad for you

Letter by Joyce Harms, Tacoma on June 12, 2013 at 11:40 am | No Comments »
June 12, 2013 1:39 pm

Regarding Pierce Transit’s reduction of bus service (TNT, 6-11), Royboy361 commented online: “I was tired of paying taxes for something I wasn’t going to use.”

What a perfect example of a me-first, me-only attitude. Should those who don’t drive cars refuse to pay taxes for roads or to fix the never-ending Tacoma potholes or to prevent our bridges from falling down? Should those without kids refuse to pay taxes for schools?

I never had children but I always supported taxes for schools because they are necessary for the good of society as a whole – as are bus service, roads, libraries and many other services.

If “the good of society as a whole” isn’t enough incentive, consider that a good public transportation system that allows their employees to get to work is one factor companies consider when they are deciding where they will locate. Want the possibility of more businesses coming in to improve our economy? Then don’t create disincentives by focusing only on “what’s in it for me personally” when it comes to taxes.

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