Tuesday, May 17, 2005Letters from readers: "Investing in families
In his commentary in the May 15 Star Tribune, Gov. Tim Pawlenty notes that 'Minnesotans must spend nearly a third of the year working for the government before they start working for themselves and their families.'
His choice of words suggests that the time I spend 'working for the government' is of little benefit to me and my family. On the contrary, I view the taxes I pay as an investment in the community.
My family is better off for government services such as education, transportation, environmental protection, support systems for the needy, etc.
Of course I expect these services to be provided as efficiently as possible, but I make no distinction between what I get to keep and what I pay to support our community. I and my family benefit from both.
Doug Norris, Brooklyn Park."