Letters to the Editor

Taxation makes us do the right thing

The letter "Ante up for government services" (July 27) says it well: "If you want services, you should be willing to pay for them." Being human, however, we don't always want to pay for what we receive, so law exists to enforce our higher values. At an extreme, because we don't always refrain from stealing, we need government to enforce laws against theft.

Religion and morality teach the value of being "our brother's keeper." To walk this talk, we should support progressive taxation, not only so that in our public life we help each other, but also so that those most able to help will help the most. In this way, laws encourage us to act on what we say we believe.


Stanislaus chapter, Network of Spiritual Progressives