Government Is Important in Citizens’ Daily Lives
Imagine a town without government. At first, such a place may seem like a fantastic place to live, there would be no laws, no fines, and no taxes. But look a little closer and you’ll notice mounds of reeking trash heaped along sidewalks and by doors, sewage oozing from pipes and seeping into the soil, and streets and roads in horrible states of disrepair. Buildings would burn to the ground for lack of fire departments, and schools, no longer supported by tax dollars, would become empty and silent. While it may seem that government officials do nothing but argue and impose taxes, without them a community couldn’t function. Some of the amenities we take for granted now as Americans are a direct result of our local government’s actions.
Many of the innovations we enjoy daily as well as services we have come to regard as necessities are provided by a municipal government. Running water and sanitary systems like sewers are two examples without which our lives would be very different and likely harder. Though the idea of walking a mile or two to a well to get water may seem far-fetched now, without a local government’s management of water rights and water-treatment facilities, this could become a very plausible concept. Trash disposal services, a part of everyday life, are organized and financed by municipal government. Public schools, too, rely on government funding to make educational opportunities available to everyone, regardless of nationality or background. Other government-funded services like the police department and the fire department are essential to improving public safety. Even some hospitals operate on government grants, loans, and donations. Local government is vital for securing a community’s safety and well-being.
Likewise, our local governments provide many things for the enjoyment...