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To the editor:

In one opinion survey after another, Americans adamantly declare their unwillingness to be taxed for things they want and expect - like less pollution and crime, better education and health care, a reduction of the deficit, etc.How ironic, if the fundamental anti-tax sentiment that helped create America should be a prime factor in its decline. Good government and the elimination of waste, etc., are important and helpful but of themselves can't assure funds sufficient for tasks we face. There is also a need, however painful, for public acceptance of reasonable and fair tax obligations tailored to one's ability to pay.

Anyone who manages a family budget knows when we can't have the things we want and need without paying for them. Endless, irresponsible borrowing eventually means bankruptcy for nations as well as families and businesses.

Donald J. Tuttle

Heber City