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First of all, welcome. If you’re in town visiting, as tens of thousands of people will do in the days to come, for the Chuckwagon Races and related events: Hello! Hi! Pleased to see you!


We’re glad you could make it (and glad you’re willing to invest in a newspaper enough to get to the editorial page) and hope you enjoy your stay. Don’t forget, the catfish dinner at the Senior Center if for a good cause, but then Clinton’s here for a good cause. Heck, Van Buren County’s here for a good cause.


Make yourself at home. If you need directions, just ask, we’re kind of known for being friendly and welcoming after all.


Money not money


Let’s be careful. As pointed out in our page one story, the City of Clinton, nor its Mayor Richard McCormac, has come right out and said “No,” to funding 911. (Read that again, other sources, including social media reports, have stated or otherwise implied it was an outright “No.” These sources are mistaken.)


We will take this a step further and point out that, fair enough, they have not said “Yes,” either.


Of course it’s a tough situation. The strain this is placing on city planners as they get 2019 budgets roughed in is palpable, and the strain as 911 staff tries to read the tea leaves and find out where and how their Jan. 15 paycheck will arrive is - certainly as anyone who’s been in a similar situation can tell you - hard.


We have to point out, however, when you talk to the principles in these things, its taken as a given that “something,” is what you often hear “can be worked out.” Nobody said this is easy, certainly nobody said it’s pleasant, nor that it’s not a situation which carries the weight of its own history, but this is a community which works things out.


We look forward to the news of continued meetings at the table until an equitable solution is formed, and one that does the lease harm to the fewest while doing the most good for the greatest. That’s government in a nutshell, after all.


Meanwhile, not in the paper


We have noticed of late the weaponization of social media in order to, well, win whatever war.


Let’s be clear: It’s not a war ‘til you say it’s a war, and more is done by people working together than arguing. Let’s, then, consider just what kind of mayhem can be unleashed when the instant gratification of a social media post runs up against the long-term needs of a community.


Let’s consider - and we’re kind of big on this - we have real people out there, with real hopes and fears. They might have a title, they might have a role, even a title and role you oppose, but it does not change that for one of us to be one of the humans, we have to treat others like humans as well.


Job 39:19-25 (ESV)


19 “Do you give the horse his might?


Do you clothe his neck with a mane?


20 Do you make him leap like the locust?


His majestic snorting is terrifying.


21 He paws[a] in the valley and exults in his strength;


he goes out to meet the weapons.


22 He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;


he does not turn back from the sword.


23 Upon him rattle the quiver,


the flashing spear, and the javelin.


24 With fierceness and rage he swallows the ground;


he cannot stand still at the sound of the trumpet.


25 When the trumpet sounds, he says ‘Aha!’


He smells the battle from afar,


the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.


Habakkuk 1:8 (ESV)


8 Their horses are swifter than leopards,


more fierce than the evening wolves;


their horsemen press proudly on.


Their horsemen come from afar;


they fly like an eagle swift to devour.