Eric Johnson: Tax means better schools

October 7, 2013 

‘Upbuilding’ society

With the Wake County school bond on the ballot, it seems an apt time for some old wisdom.

“Taxation is a dangerous power and the people ought to say at every point when and how they shall be taxed,” Gov. Charles Aycock said in 1902. “The taxation about which we fought was the taxation that was spent by a king in ostentation and oppression ... but the taxation that goes for the upbuilding of public schools is the very freedom and liberty of the people.”

The “upbuilding” of schools, in other words, is a task worthy of free and self-governing people. I’m grateful for the education the good people of Wake County offered me, and I hope the next generation of young citizens will feel the same.

Eric Johnson, Chapel Hill

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