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Wednesday, 13 November 2013 16:17

Public-owned facilities important

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I am a proud to shoulder my responsibilities to our families, communities, and society as a whole.

I knowingly accept that a safe, prosperous, and inclusive life for all does not manifest all on its own and subsist on good intentions. 
We strive to work together to build the services and places that provide for our shared requirements and dreams, sometimes by labour and sometimes financially. 
Our taxes are the commitment we make to each other to fund the policies and programs that we democratically decided upon. 
We cannot expect to have a great heath-care system if we do not ensure there is sufficient compassionate and dedicated staff, because of cost-cutting measures. 
We cannot expect to have wonderfully effective education system that stewards the growth of our children’s young minds if we do not provide the staff with the tools and respect that are required. We cannot expect for the youth to reach their potential if we continue to allow ever-growing financial barriers to block their advanced education plans. We have fallen away from the values that built our communities, those of camaraderie, fellowship, and kinship. 
Instead of looking for ways to come together, we worry about how much we have to contribute and worry that someone else is not giving what we may have to.
 Taxes are not an evil that needs to be exorcised, but because they pay for our shared goals, they are a way our democracy is exercised.
When we surrender our community-owned facilities such as our hospitals, our schools, our infrastructure, to private control, it really speaks as to how little we believe in the venture. “I want it, but I don’t want to pay for it” is not something most of us would say aloud, so why would we let our actions betray that very message?
Chris Mulhall, Wymark, Sask.

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