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April 26, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Public service and taxes

Can’t have one without the other

Recently I read an editorial praising young people who are increasingly choosing public employment as a career path [“More students drawn to public-service careers,” Opinion, April 17]. Within days we saw an editorial demanding no further tax increases [“No more taxes,” Opinion, April 19].

The letter regarding public service made no mention of volunteerism, only the value of entering the career path of a public servant. Of course, these jobs would need to be paid with taxes, which you also seem to be against.

Perhaps a better approach would be to ask readers to volunteer in their communities, helping alleviate the pressures on public servants, not advocating for increasing government-worker ranks.

Our country needs media companies like The Seattle Times to encourage young people to enter private employment, work hard and volunteer their hard-earned time talent and treasures. Oh, and pay taxes to support a modest number of government employees.

— Kevin Sutherland, Seattle

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