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Letter to the Editor: Support ORT


May 8, 2012 by wcobserver

You’ve heard the old saying, “give a man a fish you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.”  So what if the man already knows how to fish but lives too far from the water to be able to fish.  You can say, “too bad Fella, I’ll toss you a fish whenever I’m feeling generous” or you can say, “of course I’ll kick in less than the price of a fish to help you get there.”  That’s what the transit tax is about.  At 25 cents per $100 spent, the increase out of the average taxpayer’s pocket will be equal to a pound of catfish or a name-brand can of albacore tuna – but it will allow ORT to extend transit hours to 10:30 p.m. instead of the current 6 p.m. (3:30 p.m. on reduced schedule).  People who right now are unemployed would be able to apply for and get to retail jobs and shift jobs.  I’m in for that.

Barbara Fitzpatrick

Washington County Justice of the Peace, District 6



1 comment »

  1. Hogeye Bill says:

    Let’s continue the “teach a man to fish” analogy. He can’t get to the fishing hole on foot. The pro ORT tax people say to tax everyone in the county to subsidize the man’s trip to the fishing hole. The anti-tax people say that, if you are charitable, you should give the guy a ride, but robbing others is not a moral option.

    It’s “funny” how the corporatist pro-tax people ignore the means – government violence-power. We all want to help people, but not all of us want to do it by coercing our neighbors. Help your neighbor – yes; rob your neighbor – no.

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