August 10, 2016


My local school district will put a referendum on the November ballot to increase the mill levy in order to build a new middle school. While I understand the need to replace the current 60-year-old facility, I’m disturbed by the fact that over the years the school administration has elected to showcase the deterioration rather than cover it up. No doubt the optics of the sinking floor separating from the foundation, the cracks in the walls, and the exposed temporary foam insulation plays to their advantage. However, most of us in this area have homes that are also settling and shifting and we do not leave our homes with such optic defects. To the contrary, we patch the cracks, caulk seams and cosmetically conceal damage cause by shifting soil. Similar to showcasing a building’s deterioration, the Jews of New Testament times showcased their fasting by putting ashes on their heads. Jesus said to his disciples, “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matt 6:16-18 NIV).

1 comment:

Steve Corey said...


-----Sometimes I’m almost tempted to buy into situational ethics. I’ve seen cracks in walls that just ruin cosmetics. I’ve seen cracks in other walls that are just downright scary. Deck collapses are particularly common. Their structural engineering is usually out of plain sight. And being exposed to the elements, wood can rot mighty fast. The important thing about determining which situation to cover up and which to expose is to do it without ulterior motive.
-----I was astounded a few months ago to learn of plans for a 125,000 sq ft indoor fairground arena. Oh! How nice and wonderful! The government isn’t even finished tapping our pockets to build their new wreck center. And how many perfectly effective four-way stops have been turned into expensive round-abouts with any undeniable improvement to either traffic flow or risk? Now they’re crying about the library, and oh, by the way, let’s pull a new school out of the people’s pockets, too! Every crack and cranny of our community is being laid out in the open for excuse to fleece us unto the making of their pride.
-----Troublingly serious deterioration is being covered up. I have never seen good sense be buried and abject foolishness praised like what has been happening in our once great country for the last fifteen years. The very exact, reason the natural-born citizen clause was written into our Constitution is being demonstrated by the deceitful abuses of powers and shirking of lawful duties of our Kenyan/American President. His American half got him into office, but his other half considers the Muslim call to prayer the most beautiful sound to his ears. No wonder he doesn’t worry about terrorists amongst Syrian refugees. Yet, we’re only supposed to look at his American half! Nor does his other half consider 400,000,000 in unmarked Pounds, Franks, and Euros flown to Iran in the dead of night before gaining release of three fellow Americans to be ransom. Or giving Iran a straight path to nukes with a 180 billion dollar bonus, to boot! Then again, maybe his other half is right. Maybe it wassn’t ransom, seeing that Iran immediately grabbed more hostages. Is his other half all too happy to pay in Yen this time? And now the darkness of America’s eyes is pushing to transform Hillarious Hillary into Adolf Hitlary. Filling Scalia’s seat with another Yoda-mayor will push the justice system completely off the foundation of the Constitution, whereas it now just teeters on that brink.
-----Even with the slobbering movie-stars, toady journalists, and arrogant professors all whitewashing the deck mounts as furiously as they can, it would pay greatly for us all to get down and inspect for wood rot before November 11. But we won’t. Oh, no! Never! After all, natural-born citizen only meant born-in-the-USA, didn’t it?

Love you all,
Steve Corey