Wednesday, February 25, 2009
We're in for a year, at least. The Recession. WE're all in this together; nobody will remain untouched.
Just the other day, our favorite breakfast place, Grant's in Gold Beach, twenty-four miles south of us, was no longer serving breakfast. We were crushed. Wait a minute, we made the drive to eat here, and the place no longer serves breakfast? What a shame!
In our school district, we are closing one school and housing all elementary students together, to save bussing, maintenance, heat and water, and personnel costs. But, this will mean that seven people at least will not have a job, and their families might move out of town, impacting our businesses, real estate, and the very schools we are trying to maintain with cost cutting.
Some people don't get it. They look at the problem with a singular vision, how it affects them directly, failing to see that everything in a community connects to everything else. Our taxes support our government services, which in turn affect our quality of life.
We all need an attitude adjustment. No more, what can the government do for me, or how can the government take less of what I make, to a new point of view: HOW CAN WE WORK TOGETHER TO SEE THE BIG PICTURE, TO ENSURE OUR COMMON FUTURE?
The new mantra should not be how can we pay the fewest taxes, but how can we insure that our taxes support our ideals, our vision of the future. And YES, RICH PEOPLE, you made your money in this place, with our resources, with our support and laws, you need to support government services at the rate proportional to your wealth.