For: Fire tax

This is a great land. Generations ago people - in many cases our relatives - came here and hacked out a place to call home. They worked the soil, they built a home, they raised children, they made it work. It takes a certain type of person, a strong-back type, a hearty individual, to make this work, no doubt. We admire them, we carry their tradition forth.

But let’s continue to carry the entrie of the tradition forth. This same group, these first settlers, came together and built a courthouse. They went on to build what it took to create a county, a place you could count on, a place for generations. In time, roads were built, law enforcement was funded, local government was established, a phone system, a better phone system (a better courthouse, better roads), clean water, a reliable sewer system, and people came together and made it happen.

Today this is typed via a reliable electrical service, sent over the Internet, printed on paper, carried on roads and presented to you. Our fathers did that, our mothers did that.

And let’s not forget, this Veterans Day at hand, just how willing they were to go overseas, to pull together. It wasn’t their Europe, it wasn’t their Asia, it wasn’t their sweaty jungle, bombed out town, endless ocean, none of that. But it was something they, as a group, were willing to face down.

They had to make something better, had to leave behind a better world. (Note here how many were buried in those distant places, willing to make that sacrifice for the rest of us.)

They came home, back here, and kept at it. Built their own lives, their own families, sure, but built the town. How much, after all, of what we call “Clinton” now was once windy farmland? And how much of that dirt is now a place of convenience and, yes, employment?

It’s not, you see, a question of what the fire department needs next week. It’s not, even, a question of what it needs next year. It’s a question of the same spirit that allows us to spend these winter nights in heated homes by electric lights, luxuries our founders could only dream of and, having dreamed, made happen.

It’s not what we need, it’s what future generations need, those same generations who will marvel that we survived in a world where we had to drive our own cars and didn’t have cooking robots. (“It was so primitive! How did they live like that?”)

We are in favor of the fire tax not because we enjoy taxes, of course not, we are in favor of the fire tax because we’re willing to join with you in creating a better place.

Please, join us.

Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.