Close Call

15 11 2006

It’s been a few days since the fall election and I wanted to take a little time to reflect on the results. First, go DEMS, they swept the house and regained the senate again after 12 years on the national level. Everything is still a far cry from any sort of mandate but clearly voters were intent enough to put a cap on the corruption in Washington (not that the Dems have a great track record).

On to the local scene since ultimately that’s why I write this blog.

A mere 90 Leelanau County voters – fewer than one percent of those casting ballots – made the difference in Tuesday’s vote to approve a 1-mill property tax increase for two years to support county operations and 9-1-1 emergency services.

The above is quoted from the Enterprise. That only 90 people made the difference on this one single issue shows a great deal about where the priorities are for people in this county. I hate taxes just as much as the next guy but DAMM, if I happen to have a stroke or a heart attack in my home and I need medical or emergency help fast, I want to be able to call 911 and get someone on the line to help me! Apparently there are lots of folks up here who think nothing will ever happen to them. That somehow they believe that if they need help, it will magically just show up at a moments notice. As it is all the public services in the county are still volunteer. My Grandfather might have lived a few more years had it not taken 45 minutes for help to arrive when he had a heart attack.

Don’t get me wrong, I applaud the people who provide the services we do have but come on folks. It WILL happen to you. Shame on those of you who voted against this millage. Fortunatly you lost but had you mustered just a wee bit more support, you could certianly count on a premature death if you were to get into an accident. I’m always shocked by the complete arragonce and ignorance of people in this county.

Anyhow, congrats to all of you who managed to save your jobs. At least there will remain 29 of you who actually work in this county in the winter to provide services and programs to residents.

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