Money for biking, walking trails isn't wasted

2013-09-08T00:00:00Z Money for biking, walking trails isn't wasted nwitimes.com
September 08, 2013 12:00 am

Who are all these people complaining about paying taxes for bicycle/walking trails and bicycle lanes on roads? Even if they are opposed to exercise and fitness, why should they be against other people becoming more fit?

These complainers suggest they are personally paying for these “safe” routes by the taxes they pay. They imply the walkers and bicycle riders are getting these facilities for free.

Well, I am a bicycle rider and I pay taxes too. In fact, all my contemporaries who ride or walk also pay taxes. Last year I paid more than $15,000 in property, sales and income taxes.

I am not a couch potato like some of the complainers. I am on the go all the time, walking, bike riding and doing other fitness activities, as well as driving — and I am 72 years old!

Since these people are complaining about the money spent for trails and lanes, it is obvious they don’t use these wonderful opportunities for exercise. They would be better off if they buy a bicycle or begin walking and using these facilities that they are helping to pay for. Perhaps they will benefit like many other people do.

And as for not wanting to pay taxes for things you don’t use, do you also object to schools, police stations, buses, parades, parks, etc.?

- Bill Leavitt, Valparaiso

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