My taxes, and yours, have gone to pay for our medical care system. Thus, when we go to the hospital for a blood test, we don’t have to make any extra payment. The same is true for our police and fire services.
Our taxes have also gone to pay for our local transportation system. Why do we have to pay again when we want to take a bus ride? Our taxes help pay for maintaining our roads. Why do we have to pay extra to park our cars downtown? Our taxes have established a nationwide postal service. Why do I have to pay extra every time I make use of this service? Our taxes have created hydro electric dams and transmission lines. Why do I have to pay extra when I use the service I have already paid for? Our taxes have paid for a local water treatment plant and infrastructure. Why do I have to pay for water and sewage taxes?
All of this lends legitimacy to all those people who are “occupying” Nelson and other cities. They are to be commended not only for their beliefs, but for their action.