On the manufacture of sausage

Mark Twain is the one who wrote: “People who love sausage and respect the law should never watch either one being made.”

His point being sausage - a ground-up (delicious) meat being shoved into an intestine casing - was a disgusting thing to watch take place, and (delicious in its own way) law - and really let’s not get too far into defining here - was to see much the same thing.

We thought about this watching the debate of the water department line-item accounting debate at a recent Clinton City Council meeting, and we thought about it again, post-meeting, as the debate was debated. (We won’t name names here. There’s an entire story on 1A about it, plus the “this person versus that person” would miss the larger point.)

It was law, in this case minor law - the sort that won’t even be a footnote in the history of the town or its time - but it was law being made.

Maybe you like one of the people engaged, maybe you don’t like any of them, it really doesn’t matter. It was law, being undertaken by people for the benefit of the community, and it was being made. This is a good thing. Like all good things not necessarily an easy thing, or a pleasant thing, but at least a good thing.

Best of all, long-overdue improvements are being undertaken for the Clinton water system, and the long-disregarded master plan is being followed. Like sausage, it’s worth the trouble, just tough to watch.


The second-Saturday Pickin’ on the Square went well, with more people both playing and listening. Then to Archey Fork Park later to hear a band playing on the new stage there, one of several bands on the bill, for the Pate-Housley benefit. This is becoming a musical town.

Actually it’s always been a musical town, but more people are getting out there with it. Good.

Fairfield Bay

We remain impressed with the level of commitment by volunteers in Fairfield Bay. Typical is the staffing of its emergency services, which does an excellent job.

Luke 11: 1-13 (NIV)

Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer

11 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

2 He said to them, “When you pray, say:

“‘Father,hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.

3 Give us each day our daily bread.

4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

And lead us not into temptation.’”

5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”