paragraph below was written as a reaction to an article by
Heather Mallick titled, "O Canada I pay my tax for thee." In the
article, Mallick argues that Canadians should pay taxes with "a
lighter heart." I agree.
Taxes? Of Course!
to an article on persuasion)
It must be obvious to you that I was
persuaded by Mallick's article, especially since I chose it to
use as a study in persuasion. It is very important to me, since
a large number of newcomers to Canada have, in my teaching
experience, had such strong and negative feelings about the
Canadian tax system. As Mallick says, many of us do think of
"taxes as tapeworms," and see them as stealing "all that is
good." I am, however, most persuaded by her long list of items
that shows the many ways that "Taxes ease our daily lives." One
of the items, "teacher training,"
really made me think about the support my society gives to
its professionals. Through our system
of taxation, more than 50% of the total cost of post secondary
education is paid for; one result is the teacher who teaches you
today, along with the classroom space, paper and so on. I have
no doubt that paying taxes is "a means to a good end," and hope
that some of you will change your way of thinking, too.
(181 words; first draft writing by Brad Hyde; March 30, 2005)